Eric Mccalla Chosen As New Manchester High School Principal

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By Seth Kinker,

If Interim Superintendent of Manchester Schools Brad Hamilton hadn’t served as Superintendent of Grass Lake Schools for 13 years, the search for a new principal might still be on.

Hamilton found a successor for current Principal Kevin Mowrer, who recently announced his resignation as he will be relocating to Indianapolis with family for a job opportunity for his wife, because of his former experience in the Grass Lake School District.

The hiring of Eric McCalla, currently the assistant high school principal and athletic director at Grass Lake Schools, as Principal of Manchester High School will be formalized during the Sept. 18 Board of Education meeting.

Hamilton and staff planned on finding a replacement in one of two ways, traditional options such as interviewing and looking internally or externally or by way of a targeted search.

They chose the targeted search first and planned to use the more traditional options if the targeted search were to fall through.

Luckily for them, McCalla was the first candidate in mind after Hamilton had worked with him during his time at Grass Lake.

“I knew him for many years and that did factor in (working with him),” said Hamilton. “He was an excellent administrator there, and since I’ve left I think he’s become more effective with the different responsibilities that he’s had. He has a lot of roots in Manchester and so does his wife so I think that it’ll be a good situation for the community and him. I took a chance and was pleased he was interested.”

After offering him the job a couple of weeks ago, McCalla contacted Hamilton a few days after the offer and told him he was going to accept the offer.

The Board will make a formal recommendation for his hire at the Sept. 18 Board of Education meeting. Mowrer will stay on to help with the transition before leaving the school.


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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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