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Students, faculty, and staff at Huntingburg Elementary School will have a new leader when classes resume for the fall semester next August.

Friday morning members of the Southwest Dubois School Board approved the appointment of Chad Whitehead as the principal OF Huntingburg Elementary School. He will replace longtime administrator Al Mihajlovits who retired last week after serving the corporation for over 42 years.

Whitehead is currently principal at Pike Central Middle School. He is a 1995 graduate of Pike Central High School and graduated with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Oakland City University earning his Master’s in 2000.

Chad began his career at South Knox near Vincennes where he says he had a great experience being entrusted with a variety of responsibilities such as coaching sports. He later moved on to Pike Central where he started as a teacher and was the boys varsity head basketball coach for 3 season.

As he ventured into administration with his current title as Pike Central Middle School principal he noticed similar coaching elements of investing time and dedication but with an emphasize of administration leadership.

Whitehead elaborates on his preparation towards his newly acquired position at Huntingburg elementary.

Whitehead says this is his first experience in elementary administration and looks forward to advice and inpute with current leaders such as Mihajlovits.

Al Mihajlovits expressed insight for the new leadership by stating that students are always first to keep in mind as well as being open-minded to involve others in the decision making process which allows successful leadership in anything accomplished for public education.

Whithead and his family including his wife Korrine, a Huntingburg native, and their four sons have lived in Huntingburg for the last year and are currently building a new home.

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