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By Sam Jack
CLEARWATER – Randy Vogel, Clearwater High School’s new principal, is a lifelong Clearwater resident. He graduated from Clearwater High School with the class of 1982, and he has spent almost his entire career as an educator in local schools.
“Being a Clearwater graduate myself, one of the things I’m looking forward to is having my picture up on the wall as a student, as assistant principal, and now this year as the principal,” Vogel said. “It’s my school that I’ve grown up with, so Clearwater means a lot to me. I’m extremely proud of our school district and our high school.”
After a few years teaching in Oskaloosa, Vogel started his Clearwater career at the middle school, teaching science and physical education. He taught PE at the elementary for 13 years before moving to the high school, where he taught weightlifting and managed an $850,000 grant the school received through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program.
He shifted from teaching to administration six years ago, when he became principal of the Clearwater Intermediate Center. Most recently, he was Clearwater High School’s assistant principal for three years.
“I’ve had a lot of name badges here,” Vogel said.
Vogel introduced himself to the staff in his new role during meetings that preceded the return of students.
“We talked about a lot of things staying the same as they were before, but also, with some things the state is asking us to do, there’ll be changes. One of them being individual plans of study for all students; that’ll be a big change for us this year,” Vogel said.
Replacing Vogel as assistant principal is Heath Elliott, who will also serve as activities director.