WATERLOO — After just one year as DeKalb High School principal, Kyle Kirby has resigned.
Tuesday night, the DeKalb Central school board accepted Kirby’s resignation and promoted Associate Principal Matthew Toth to the position of principal. The change will take effect at the beginning of the new school year. The board also appointed administrative intern Marcus Wagner to the position of associate principal.
In his notice of resignation, Kirby described his year at the high school as “exciting and eventful.” He said his resignation was made with “mixed emotions.”
“I am grateful for the time I’ve had to serve and build relationships with the students and faculty of DHS, as well as with the members of the Ashley, Auburn, Corunna and Waterloo communities,” Kirby wrote. “At this time I have decided to pursue another career opportunity.”
The board approved a 240-days-per-year, two-year contract for Toth with an annual salary of $96,000. Toth had come to DeKalb High School with the prospect of becoming a math teacher when the opportunity presented itself to step into a leadership role as associate principal, according to a district news release.
Over the past three years, Toth has spearheaded the development of DeKalb New Tech, and the program is flourishing under his leadership, the news release stated.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve the community in a different role,” Toth said.
Superintendent Dr. Sherry Grate said, “Matt is extremely well-respected by the students, staff, and families of DeKalb High School and is ecstatic about the opportunity to further invest in our school community and further instill a vision of excellence.”
“I have fresh ideas to further develop the mission and vision of DHS to help propel our school into the learning environment of the 21st century,” Toth said. “ I bring a thorough knowledge of our district to the table, as well as my diverse experiences with technology. Facilitation of the New Tech model at DHS and now the expansion work at DeKalb Middle School and Waterloo Elementary School has been an incredible learning experience that has prepared me well to be successful as a building-level principal.”
The board approved a two-year, 225-day contact for Wagner with a salary of $73,000. Wagner began his career at DeKalb as an elementary teacher at McKenney-Harrison in 2007, teaching second and fourth grades before pursuing his administrative course work. During that time, Wagner was involved with extracurricular responsibilities that included coaching assignments with football, track and wrestling at DeKalb Middle and High schools. This school year, Wagner has served as administrative intern at the high school as a dean of students and at DeKalb Middle School as an athletic director.
“My internship has provided valuable experiences in all areas of leadership including curriculum development, school safety and data-driven instruction,” Wagner said.
“Throughout the year I have observed tremendous growth in Marcus’ leadership capacity, and I am confident that he will be an asset to the leadership team at DHS,” Grate said. “Marcus has discovered a passion for secondary education, and his enthusiasm is quite evident.”
Wagner said he views his new leadership position as an opportunity to build on the relationships he has established this past year with the high school’s students, staff and parents.