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Southwest, high school administrators recognized for efforts

Two Albert Lea Area Schools administrators are being recognized on a regional level.

Southwest Middle School Principal Steve Kovach has been named the Southeast Minnesota Middle School Principal of the Year, and Albert Lea High School Assistant Principal Jeff Halverson has been named Southeast Minnesota Assistant Principal of the Year, according to a press release.

Steve Kovach

Both awards are sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals.

Kovach has been principal of Southwest since 2013. According to the release, he led the school district in technology adoption, as Southwest was the first school to go 1-to-1 with Chromebooks. He has also introduced many Blue Zones initiatives in his building and led the school to being the city’s first Blue Zones-certified school.

Jeff Halverson

Halverson has worked for Albert Lea Area Schools since 2013. In his role as assistant principal, he has been cited for his expertise at master scheduling, particularly his ability to restructure high school course offerings to best meet the needs of students and staff, the release stated. His push to bring top 20 training to the high school has energized veteran and new educators alike.

Kovach and Halverson will be recognized at a Minnesota Association of Secondary Principals banquet June 14.