New Winamac High School Principal Hired at Eastern Pulaski School Board Meeting

The new Winamac High School Principal was introduced at Monday night’s Eastern Pulaski School Board meeting.

The search for the new high school principal began shortly after Rick DeFries informed school officials that he’d be stepping down from the position at the end of the year.

At the recommendation of the committee that was formed to fill the position, school board members approved hiring Jeremy Tucker as the new High School Principal.

Superintendent Dan Foster explained that Tucker has been in the education field for 19 years. He’s served in an administrative position for 14 of those years and spent the last five years over at Pioneer Jr./Sr. High in Royal Center.

Foster noted that many people had good things to say about Tucker and his abilities.

Rick DeFries, Jeremy Tucker and Superintendent Dan Foster

Superintendent Foster explained, “He comes very highly recommended by not only colleagues but his subordinates as well as his supervisors and even some parents in his current position.”

He continued, “So we’re very thrilled that he’s chosen to come to us to help us out and we look for great things in the next several years.

After Superintendent Foster presented the new hire with his first piece of “Warrior Gear”, Tucker provided a comment of his own.

He shared, “I’m very excited to be here and I know Mr. DeFries has done a nice job but I’m excited to continue the progress. Again, I thank you for this opportunity and like Mr. Foster said I hope to be here for several years and to make you all proud.”

DeFries said he has known Tucker for about five years and that he looks forward to assisting him the transition this summer.

DeFries added that he doesn’t want to just tell the new principal how he did the job, instead he’s interested in collaborating and hearing the new ideas that Tucker will be bringing in with him.