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Marcy principal to retire

The Hamilton School Board accepted the retirement request of Marcy Elementary School Principal Donald Behrens, Ph.D., effective June 30, 2008.

“To say that I will miss the children, parents and staff of Marcy would be an understatement,” Behrens wrote to Marcy parents. “I consider it a real honor to have had the opportunity to work with everyone associated with Marcy School.”

Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D., said Behrens has been an important leader at Marcy and in the district.

“Dr. Behrens has been an exceptional leader and instrumental in helping the district move forward to meet the needs of our students,” Cooke said. “He will be greatly missed by the students, parents and faculty at Marcy, and also staff throughout the entire district.”

Behrens has been Marcy principal since 1997. Before joining the Hamilton School District, he had been principal of Glen Hills Middle School in Glendale and coordinator of fine arts in the Fond du Lac School District. He began his teaching career in 1972 at Fond du Lac’s Sabish Junior High School where he taught music for 13 years.

Behrens earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Lawrence University in Appleton. He received his master’s degree in music in 1976 and his doctorate in educational administration in 1991 — both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The position for a new principal will be posted. The School Board is expected to fill the position this spring.