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New principal from education family

The Wadena-Deer Creek School Board hired a new secondary principal Monday morning.

The board voted unanimously to offer a contract to Tyler Church, who was the dean of students at Waubun High School this last year, and a teacher of social studies, civics and geography.

He has also coached football, basketball and baseball, and been an advisor for National Honor Society.

"The next three weeks are going to be hectic," Church predicted as he was introduced to the school board Monday.

The new principal is starting his new job later in the year than most administrators start working on the upcoming school year, so he predicted he'd be putting in long hours this month to get caught up.

Church replaces Tim Bjorge, who resigned to take a similar position in Little Falls. Church paid tribute to his predecessor.

"I have a pretty good principal I'm trying to replace," he told the board.

Church comes from a long line of teachers and administrators in his family, including his wife, his father, two grandparents, an uncle, a brother-in-law and a few cousins. But he said he was excited for his wife, Tracy, who planned to turn in her resignation at her teaching job in Crookston to stay home with the kids the same day he was hired at Wadena-Deer Creek.

Church said Monday that he plans to live in the Wadena-Deer Creek district. He has three children -- one born Friday (8/8/08) -- and plans to enroll them at WDC. His children are Anna, 4, Peyton, 2, and Samuel, the newborn.

Away from work, he said he plans to keep up his interest in sports and outdoor activities.

"I love anything sports-related -- hunting and fishing," he said. "I'm obsessed with Notre Dame football and Duke basketball."

Church was hired at an annual salary of $79,000 with $11,000 in annual family medical benefits, an amount that will be prorated over an 11-month contract period of Aug. 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.

He started his duties literally moments after being hired by the board.