Brekke named interim LHS principal

by David Hill
Scott Brekke has been named interim principal of Lincoln High School.
Monday morning, the Board of Education met in a special session to consider motions to hire Brekke as Lincoln High School’s interim principal, and whether to post for a dean of students for the school.
Brekke replaces Shane Zutz, who recently accepted a position as human resources director at Digi-Key.
School District Superintendent Brad Bergstrom said he was pleased to make this recommendation.
The assignment of Brekke as interim high school principal is effective July 17 through June 30, 2018.
Brekke thanked the Board of Education, Bergstrom, and former Principal Shane Zutz. Brekke said his experience in Thief River Falls goes so far back he truly considers Thief River Falls his home. 
According to the School District, Brekke has served as the associate principal for the past 17 years and will be entering his 30th year in education overall. Previous to his role as associate principal at Lincoln High School, Brekke served as an elementary teacher in Thief River Falls Public Schools for nine years and three years in Strandquist. Brekke also has fulfilled various Prowler coaching positions such as head boys basketball coach, assistant boys golf coach, and assistant football coach.
His tenure in the District goes so far back that when he was first hired in the District, Brekke said one of his players on the basketball team was Shane Zutz.
Brekke also thanked former principal Tom Hunt and said he was blessed and honored to work with the staff at Lincoln High School. He said they go above and beyond every day. To the community, he said he looks forward to leading Lincoln High School.
The Board of Education then approved a resolution to establish and post for a Lincoln High School dean of students effective Aug. 7 through June 30, 2018.
Brekke is a licensed associate principal.
Bergstrom explained that they would be posting the job internally (within the District) for the next five days. By calling for a dean of students, the applicants don’t have to be licensed. Bergstrom said it just gives the District more options.
Candidates for the job will be interviewed in a week. If necessary, the District will post for the position outside of the District.
Kevin Ballard, district director on the Board of Education, noted that if the job is filled internally, it will add to the domino affect being addressed with this position.