New principal named at MCHS

From left, Lucas Snyder, Julie Friegan, Michael Maesch and Kevin Goralczyk were all approved for new administrative positions at last week's special MCAS board meeting.

MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Area Schools Board of Trustees approved several administrative appointments for the coming school year at a special meeting last week.

Kevin Goralczyk will serve as the principal of Michigan City High School, with Julie Friegan as the new associate principal. Michael Maesch was appointed dean of students for Lake Hills and Pine elementary schools. And Lucas Snyder, who served as the middle school dean for Barker and Krueger schools last year, was appointed assistant principal for Barker.

Since 2014, Goralczyk has served as principal of Our Lady of Hungary School in South Bend, where he consistently led the school to a B or higher rating. From 2011-14, he served as assistant principal, associate principal, and interim principal of MCHS.

Goralczyk holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Indiana State University, and a Master’s in Education Administration and Supervision from Indiana University South Bend.

Friegan has been the principal of Whiting High School since 2015. During her tenure, the school consistently achieved a Rating of B or higher. Prior to her time at Whiting, she served as an assistant high school principal in Indianapolis and was a math teacher at Merrillville High School.

Friegan has a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts with a History and Sociology minor from Valparaiso University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Ball State University.

Goralczyk and Friegan will replace Candy Van Buskirk and Jeremy Lugbill, who both resigned to take other positions.

Maesch has been with Michigan City Area Schools since 2007 as an elementary teacher, working at both Marsh and Knapp. He was selected as an Indiana finalist for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2018.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University, a Master of Education from Grand Valley State University, and most recently received his Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Western Governors University.

In his new role at Barker, Snyder will assist the school in several areas, including curriculum, instruction and assessment; he will also serve as a trainer for the MCAS District Safety Team. Snyder has been with MCAS since 2011, beginning his career as a social studies teacher at the high school. He also has been the MCHS varsity boys and girls track coach since 2014, and has led the boys team to four straight top 20 finishes at the state level, including a finish as state runner-up in 2016.

Fred Greene remains as principal at Barker, while Snyder was promoted as the result of a reorganization of duties.

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