Matt Herrick has so many things he wants to do as the new principal of Marshalltown Area Catholic School, he almost doesn't know where to start.
"I'm definitely excited," Herrick said during his first week on the job. "I'm ready to go 200 miles an hour, but I'm having to rein myself in a bit."
Herrick, 33, who comes from working in the computer field and has a background in teaching at Aplington-Parkersburg High School, is taking over for Jim Wessling who took a job in Kansas.
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Matt Herrick started as the new principal of Marshalltown Area Catholic School this week. He is pictured in the St. Mary’s School library.
Not only does he have the challenges of adjusting to a private school and learning new staff and students, MACS is also set to embark on a building project to bring all grades together at one facility.
The St. Mary's students in grades third through sixth will move to the St. Henry's location and join the kindergarten through second grade students where a new addition is planned.
A feasibility study is being conducted on what parishioners and MACS families are looking for in a facility.
"I plan to step in where the committee is and continue forward," Herrick said of his role in the project.
He also has a goal of improving technology at MACS, which he says can't wait until there is a new facility years down the road.
"My first step is trying to get a handle for what we have and what we can repurpose," Herrick said. "We need to think about where we are going in the future and a cost-effective way to go forward."
Herrick plans to be a visible leader for both the staff and students. He also wants to base his decisions on reason and not impulse.
Herrick admits he has a big learning curve ahead for him in his new role, but is up for the challenge.
"It's a big change, but I'm really excited," he said.