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Mike Britt, current principal of Centennial Junior High School was confirmed Monday as the incoming principal of Kelly Walsh High School.

The Natrona County school board officially approved the replacement for Kelly Walsh Principal Brad Diller on Monday night.

Mike Britt, the principal at Centennial Junior High, will take the reins after Diller retires at the end of this academic year. Britt was one of five finalists announced last month, a field that included two other principals and two high school administrators. He was recommended by district officials last week.

Diller is in his 23rd year at the helm of Kelly Walsh.

The board also approved the hiring of two new district administrators, Steve Ellbogen and Charlotte Gilbar. Both of the new officials will adopt the title of executive director, but their more specific titles and duties have not yet been determined.

Ellbogen is the principal at Dean Morgan Junior High, and Gilbar is the district’s director of assessment research. Associate Superintendent Verba Echols said Gilbar would likely continue with assessment work in her new role.

They will be filling administrative spots left vacant by the retirements of Rick Skatula, the executive director of school improvement, and Dennis Bay, the executive director of business services. District officials said they planned to fill the vacancies when Skatula and Bay’s retirements were publicly announced last year.

Both departing administrators made over $127,000 a year, according to district data, which matches what other executive directors earn here.

Echols said though Ellbogen and Gilbar will fill the vacancies in the district’s administration, they won’t necessarily take over the exact duties held by Skatula and Bay. Bay oversaw the recent renovations within the district, including the major projects at Kelly Walsh and Natrona County high schools.

The approvals, along with a number of other personnel moves, were approved by an 8-to-1 board vote at Monday night’s meeting. Typically, the process of approving personnel moves, along with other routine board business, is swiftly done all at once by the entirety of the board.

But trustee Angela Coleman put forward a motion Monday night for the board to vote on all 22 personnel changes individually, and when that motion failed to gain any traction, she voted against approving all of them.

It’s unclear why Coleman tried to force a vote on each personnel move. A message left for her was not returned Tuesday.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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