Hononegah High names new principal

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Austin Montgomery/Beloit Daily News Hononegah Community High School Associate Principal Chad Dougherty (at right) speaks after being named the high school's principal at Wednesday's Board of Education meeting. Dougherty will replace retiring principal Eric Flohr (middle) who will leave the district at the end of the school year. Dougherty will start as principal on July 1.

ROCKTON - Hononegah Community High School will have a new principal starting July 1.

On Wednesday, the Hononegah Board of Education approved hiring associate principal Chad Dougherty to replace outgoing principal Eric Flohr, who is set to retire at the end of the school year.

Dougherty was named associate principal in 2014, coming from the Harlem School District where he previously served a number of roles, from football coach to teacher and assistant principal.

Dougherty and his wife Tabatha have two sons, one of whom is a sophomore at Hononegah, the other a 2018 Hononegah graduate, currently serving in the Army.

"I am a child of two educators, with a long extended family also in the field, so education is a calling for me; it's in my blood," Dougherty said in a district press release. "Since I joined the Hononegah family, it has been a pleasure to serve this community every day. It's an honor to be part of this dedicated staff, and I look forward to continuing to build the legacy of Hononegah Community High School."

Dougherty said Hononegah was going through an exciting time of transformation.

"To welcome Superintendent (Michael) Dugan has been wonderful," Dougherty said in an interview with Beloit Daily News at Wednesday's meeting. "Former Superintendent Dr. Gibson was an amazing leader, as well. To have Mr. Dugan come in is our opportunity to continue to grow and change under new leadership. The fieldhouse completion is maybe the most exciting thing we have going on, but it is those things that will give us a springboard to move on to helping the next generation access the integration of additional technology and career opportunities to help our students achieve even more."

In total, 14 applicants were considered for the position.

"I will be part of a legacy that goes back generations and generations of people in this community," Dougherty said. "It's so supportive, and that's what I look forward to the most, continuing to build connections and provide students what gives them an informed career pathway after Hononegah and looking past the graduation stage to success. I am very excited about the opportunity to do that."

Officials said Flohr will help assist in the transition of Dougherty's tenure until next school year.

"We look forward to the leadership that Chad Dougherty will bring to Hononegah," said David Kurlinkus, school board president. "His experiences as a teacher and administrator at the secondary level have prepared him well to be our new principal. We are confident that he will provide the guidance needed to continue building upon Hononegah's educational excellence."

Of his replacement, Flohr said Dougherty was an "educational leader."

"I am very confident that he will take our school to the next level," Flohr said.

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