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Linderman principal looks forward to school year

POLSON — “It’s a year for positive change,” Josh Preiss said.

Preiss is Linderman Elementary School’s new principal, and he has big goals for Linderman: academic growth and achievement and a positive climate in the building.

“My approach is very positive and proactive,” Preiss explained. “I love working with kids. That’s an advantage as a teacher and an administrator.”

He wants to get the word out that parents are welcome to come in and visit with him at any time. 

“I’m just excited to have a positive energy in the building,” Preiss said, pointing to a welcome sign just inside the front door. 

“I really want Linderman to be a welcoming place,” he said.   

When Preiss was asked what type of program he believes will follow No Child Left Behind Act, he said he thinks it will center on common core standards.  

Criterion referenced testing may change, too, Preiss said. Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium took a nationwide grant and developed a new testing tool. It aligns with common core state standards. So far 48 states have signed on with the program. SBAC is a computer-based test to monitor progress from year to year in mathematics and the English language. 

Preiss and his wife were both teachers at Corvallis and then moved to Valier, where Preiss served as the k-8 principal for three years. The Preisses have two boys, a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old.

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