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Westview principal named for next year
Westview overhead
The Westview Elementary School east-side addition is starting to take shape, with the first story walls and second-story floor installed. - photo by Platteville Public Schools

Next year’s second-, third- and fourth-graders at Westview Elementary School in Platteville will see a familiar face as their new principal.

ReNah Reuter, who was the principal at Neal Wilkins Early Learning Center until November 2013, will be Westview’s principal next school year.

The Platteville School Board approved Reuter’s position switch Monday night.

Reuter will replace Lisa Finnegan, who is retiring after this school year.

Platteville Public Schools superintendent Connie Valenza said Reuter requested returning to a principal role after serving as PPS’ pupil services director. Valenza said Finnegan agreed to delay her retirement one year during the Westview construction project.

The School Board also approved the transfer of Neal Wilkins principal Kristoffer Brown, who is also the school district’s technology coordinator, to full-time technology and assessment director next school year.

The school district’s $16.6 million building project includes moving first-graders from Neal Wilkins and fourth-graders from Platteville Middle School to Westview, leaving Neal Wilkins with Early Childhood, First Step and kindergarten.

Reuter became the school district’s pupil services director in November 2013, one of five administration changes made during the 2013–14 school year, partly in response to a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.

Reuter was replaced as Neal Wilkins principal by Westview principal Don Shaw, who retired at the end of the 2014–15 school year. Finnegan started the 2013–14 school year as PMS principal, then became Platteville High School assistant principal and PPS assessment and instructional technology coordinator.

Finnegan became the PPS full-time assessment and IT coordinator in 2014–15, when the school district hired a new PHS associate principal and athletic director and Brown was hired as Neal Wilkins principal. Brown became PPS technology director when Finnegan was named PMS principal for this school year.