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New principals announced at 3 Alpena schools

Courtney Freedlund

ALPENA — New principals will greet students at Ella White Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, and Thunder Bay Junior High School when school begins in August.

Courtney Fredlund, who is currently principal at Ella White, has been named principal at Lincoln Elementary School. Fredlund will replace Principal Hans Stevens who is retiring after 31 years with Alpena Public Schools.

Alpena High School Principal Tom Berriman will relocate to Ella White Elementary School and AHS Assistant Principal Katie Lee has been named principal of Thunder Bay Junior High School. Lee will replace Principal Steve Genschaw who is retiring after 30 years with the district.

Superintendent Dave Rabbideau said district officials look to strengthen its overall administrative team.

“With all of these retirements we’ve had with administrators, it just gives us a good opportunity to put people in different positions and use their skills,” he said. “We feel their skills can be put to good use in their new positions.”

Tom Berriman

Berriman said on Thursday he is excited and looking forward to a new challenge, but deferred further comment to his announcements on social media.

“It has been a pleasure serving the students, staff and community as principal of AHS these past four years. I am looking forward to the new challenges of soaring with the staff, students and parents of Ella White,” he tweeted in late April.

Lee previously worked as TBJHS dean of students, but became assistant principal at AHS in 2018. This fall, she returns to the junior high as principal.

“I look forward to returning to the team at Thunder Bay Junior High,” Lee said in an email to The News. ” Together, we will continue to strengthen the middle school experience and increase student achievement. I am excited to welcome our students back in the fall and have an awesome school year.

Fredlund will move to Lincoln Elementary after her first year as principal at Ella White Elementary School.

Katie Lee

“My greatest joy is being an Educator,” she said in an email to The News. “It is my pleasure to serve the Alpena community and I look forward to continuing that in a new opportunity”.

District officials have yet to name principals for Alpena High School and Wilson Elementary School, where Principal Lisa Hilberg is retiring after 30 years with the district.

Superintendent Rabbideau said the positions are posted and administrators are conducting interviews.

The first day of school for APS students is August 30.

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