Promotion from within seems to be the preference at Muskego-Norway School District as Ryan Oertel, the current principal at Lake Denoon Middle School was named as the new principal at Muskego High School Monday night at the district board meeting.
Oertel will replace principal Dr. Dennis Bussen, who will be stepping into the role of Assistant Superintendent of Muskego Schools. He replaces Dr. Kelly Thompson, who was promoted to school superintendent after Dr. Joe Schroeder announced his departure earlier this year.
Oertel told the board that he was "humbled by the opportunity and excited to serve. I am also excited by the momentum I see in the district and where we are moving to make students college and career-ready."
“During his 10 years with the Muskego-Norway School District, Mr. Oertel has been an incredible learning leader,” Thompson stated in a release. “We are excited that he will be returning to the high school in this new role where he can continue his positive impact on students and staff. Mr. Oertel has built strong and lasting relationships at MHS and is committed to the robust continuous improvement journey teachers and staff have embraced.”
He served as associate principal at the high school for four years before taking on the role of principal for about six years at Lake Denoon, and will take on his new role July 1.