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Written by Jacqueline Weaver   
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm

SULLIVAN — A Wisconsin educator whose school district has been restructuring for six years due to low student performance has been appointed the new principal at Sumner Memorial High School.

Tom WissinkTom Wissink, assistant principal at Oshkosh North High School, was hired under a three-year contract at a salary of $82,500 plus $5,000 each year in “special circumstances pay.”

“He’s going to be under a microscope,” Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Superintendent Bill Webster said in explaining the special circumstances pay.

Wissink, 41, and his wife, Kelly, have four children — Kelsey, 21, Jacob, 18, Emersen, 3, and Easton, 3 months.

He said he had been looking for principal’s positions in schools with enrollments of 800 or fewer because he believes smaller schools are more conducive to teaching students and building relationships.

Wissink said he has vacationed in Maine and found it shared many of the characteristics of northern Wisconsin with the additional asset of being on the coast.

There are many good things already in place at Sumner, he said, which make the school “poised to go forward and be very successful.”

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