Pella Christian Schools have announced a transition in leadership in a recent statement.

Dan Van Kooten will be stepping down from his role as the Pella Christian High School Principal, with current Vice Principal Greg Wojcynski assuming Van Kooten’s role during the 2020-2021 academic year. Teresa Ulferts has been named as Director of Admissions, and David Te Grotenhuis will remain the Head of School at Pella Christian Grade School.

Pella Christian will be announcing two additional members during their next integration briefing on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The statement says Pella Christian Schools has been working with the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE) throughout their continuing strategic planning process. The boards of PCGS and PCHS have also jointly contracted CACE to provide consulting and leadership support during the integration process.

Further, a CACE representative will be on-site at PCGS and PCHS for three two-day visits per month, will conduct video meetings with the administrative leadership team once a week and will consult with Ulferts in a video meeting every two weeks. In addition to these scheduled meetings, CACE representatives will be available for regular consultation with the boards and administrations of both schools.

In addition to weekly integration briefings, the statement also says Pella Christian Schools will hold a series of town hall meetings throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The first town hall will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the PCHS Library. The same meeting will be offered twice from 12-1 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.

A panel of representatives from the administrative leadership team, CACE, and the PCGS/PCHS boards will provide additional details about expanding integration activity with special attention given to the impact on curricular and co-curricular programs and progress in the implementation of new admission processes.

Additional town hall meetings and detailed agendas for those meetings will be announced at future integration briefings.

“Please be in prayer for these four Administrative Leadership Team members as they work to strengthen and sustain the historic, Christ-centered mission of our schools,” the statement reads

Emily Hawk can be reached at ehawk@pellachronicle.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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