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Farmington High School principal hired in Shakopee

Farmington High School principal Ben Kusch is trading in his Tiger stripes at the end of this school year.

The Shakopee School District announced this week that Kusch had accepted the job as principal at Shakopee High School. He will replace current Shakopee principal Kim Swift, who plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Kusch, who became principal at FHS for the 2008, the year before the current high school building opened, was one of three finalists for the Shakopee job. He was an assistant principal at Tartan High School before coming to FHS.

“With the growth and the reputation of Shakopee and our schools, we attracted three great candidates and could not go wrong with any of the three candidates,” said Shakopee School Board member Chuck Berg.

Kusch reportedly got widespread report from everyone who was part of the interview process, and his experience in a school where every student has an iPad appears to have made a difference.

“The committee of teachers, staff and parents that were a part of the interview committee talked about Ben’s ability to lead in a 1-to-1 device environment and liked his experience of transitioning ninth graders to the high school system and the opening of a new high school to Farmington, said superintendent Rod Thompson. “Shakopee Public Schools have quickly become a top destination for regional administrators and educators to aspire to for their career goals. They want to be a part of a progressive school district that is on the move.”

At 7,600 students, the Shakopee district is bigger by about 700 students than the Farmington district. Thompson was one of the finalists for Farmington’s superintendent position when the district hired current superintendent Jay Haugen.

Kusch’s contract will be on the agenda for the Shakopee School Board’s March 17. 

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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