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“”LA CROSSE, Wis., (June 15, 2022) – The Board of Education for the School District of La Crosse approved the hiring of Micah Averbeck as the new principal of La Crosse Polytechnic School and the district’s Coulee Region Virtual Academy at the board’s latest meeting.

Averbeck has 14 years of educational experience, all of them as a teacher at Central High School in the School District of La Crosse. During his time in La Crosse, Averbeck has also served as the district’s performing arts coordinator, Central High School’s music department chair and orchestra director, and also generated musical experiences for students at State Road Elementary School, Longfellow Middle School, and the Coulee Region Virtual Academy.

“I have a passion for working with people and building strong relationships between families, school staff, and the community,” said Averbeck. “I believe the most effective educational leaders are those who stay grounded and understand their student, family, and staff needs so they can best support the learning experiences of all involved. I lead others by how I want to be led; with care, effort, sensitivity to needs, and clarity.”

Averbeck is a 2008 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. He earned his Master’s Degree in Leadership from Viterbo University in 2020.

“Micah is a distinguished educational leader,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aaron Engel. “He is mindful and people-centered, and his disposition and interpersonal skill set make him a favorite among students, families, and colleagues. Micah will continue the amazing and growing tradition of excellence at our La Crosse Polytechnic School and Coulee Region Virtual Academy. We are very excited to welcome Micah to his new leadership role.”

Averbeck will begin his new role on July 1.