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Hononegah High School gets new leadership

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Students are getting prepped for the first day, with band practice in full swing and tours of the building. But they're not the only ones excited for a new start.

"My goal is to get to know the staff, get to know the students, get to know how the school operates, you know, put some of my little touches here and there," says Hononegah High School Principal Todd Hencsik.

Hencsik can include himself in the Hononegah freshmen class, with this being his first year as principal. Coming off a 12 year career in the Milwaukee high school system, Hencsik wants to change little things, focusing on the new trends in teaching and new technologies that are common place now.

"A few years ago, how many kids had an iPad? How many kids had this and that? How many teachers were using that? Now, it's almost some of the industry standards that kids have all these devices," Hencsik says.

Administrators say the school is already on the rise, with three students earning perfect ACT scores last year. New Associate Principal Kathy Eckmann, says they want to keep that academic momentum moving forward.

"With Hononegah's established culture, and being a high school since the 1920s, to come in and understand the culture and work with it and collaborate with teachers and support staff and parents and students and make the most of the students education," Eckmann says.

Hencsik says he just wants to put the planning aside and get the new school year started.

"I have friends who graduated from here and their pied pipers for the district," he says.

"I want to see that. You know, you can plan and you can try and predict what happens, but until it actually happens...that's what I'm excited about."

The school year starts next week for Hononegah students. Hencsik and Eckmann aren't the only new administrators leading the high school though. The superintendent and assistant superintendent are also doing those jobs for the first time.

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