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Austin principal could step down

Published 10:22am Friday, November 22, 2013

Brad Bergstrom could soon step down as Austin High School principal and take a different role with Austin Public Schools.

By no means is the decision official, but Bergstrom is eyeing the position as the district’s human resources director, Superintendent David Krenz confirmed Thursday afternoon. Current Human Resources Director Mary Burroughs recently turned in her resignation to take a position in Bloomington, and the board approved her decision at a November meeting. She will vacate the position on Nov. 30.

Krenz said he and advisers often look to fill positions from within the district, and Bergstrom would be a good fit in HR.

“Brad’s name was brought forward,” Krenz said.

While at first glance the move may look like a step down, it’s something Bergstrom has wanted to do, Krenz added. The HR position aligns more with natural duties of a superintendent, which Bergstrom someday hopes to become.

“Brad has looked at a goal to be a superintendent,” said Krenz, who added transitioning to HR would be a natural thing for Bergstrom.

Some district staff members received emails about the potential change, but much has to be done if it is going to happen. The Austin Public Schools board will have to put the issue on an upcoming agenda, approve Bergstrom’s hire as HR director and more. Krenz said the board could approve the hire, but a new principal would have to be in place. If the district doesn’t find a principal, Bergstrom will remain in that position.

“Brad might remain as principal,” Krenz said. “That’s why we haven’t made an official announcement.”

Krenz didn’t mention any potential candidates for principal, but said the district is taking applications. Krenz and District Finance Director Mark Stotts will share HR duties for however long that position remains vacant.