La Crosse School Board OKs hiring Western official as principal of Summit Environmental School

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Oscar Uribe said he expects his background as a bilingual immigrant to be helpful in his principal role. (La Crosse School District photo)

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The La Crosse School Board approved hiring Oscar Uribe as the new principal of Summit Environmental School.
Uribe, who has 10 years of administrative experience, most recently has been program design coordinator at Western Technical College in La Crosse. He will replace retiring Principal Dirk Hunter on July 1.
Before joining the Western staff, Uribe directed the Riverway Learning Community public charter school in Winona, Minn. He also has been a principal in Winona and Rochester, Minn., public schools.
“Oscar brings creative and innovative ideas to educational leadership,” said La Crosse Superintendent Aaron Engel.
Uribe, a 1999 graduate of the Universidad de las Américas Puebla San Andrés Cholula, Mexico, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also earned a master’s degree in School Improvement from Texas State University in 2008.
Uribe said he expects his background to be helpful in his principal role.
“As a bilingual and bicultural immigrant, a former exchange student and an avid world traveler, I use my personal experiences to connect with students and families so we can grow together as a community of learners where all students reach their full potential in a positive environment,” Uribe said.
“I am a servant leader with a commitment to innovative education that meets the needs of all learners,” he said.