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This fall, when students return to Osage Middle School, they will find a new principal but not necessarily a new face.

During the Monday, April 15 meeting of the Osage Schools Board of Education, Sarah Leichsenring was named the new middle school principal. This past year, Leichsenring served as shared Curriculum Director for Osage and Riceville Community School Districts.

Leichsenring will begin her new role as middle school principal on August 1. She replaces middle school principal, Jay Marley. He resigned his position, in March, after seven years as principal.

Leichsenring is completing her ninth year in education, having worked at Central Lee, Donnellson High School and Mason City High School. She later transitioned into the middle school classroom at Forest City Middle School, for two years, before serving as a PK-12 Instructional Coach in Forest City, for two years, prior to coming to Osage.

Leichsenring earned her Masters of Education from Southwest Minnesota State University and will complete an Advanced Studies Certificate from the University of Northern Iowa in Educational Leadership (Principal Licensure) this May.

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"The Osage Community Schools are ecstatic to have Ms. Leichsenring join our administrative team and our Green Devil family as our next middle school principal,” Osage Superintendent Barb Schwamman. “She brings a wealth of experiences to the table and is committed to the culture of excellence we have, with a vision for the middle school that she will build with the staff.

“Our interview teams of middle school staff, parents and community, and administrative team were unanimous in selecting her as the candidate of choice.”

Leichsenring said, “I am eager to transition into the role of middle school principal, and officially join the high-quality team of educators who serve our fifth – eighth grade students daily.

“Together, we will continue to build on the tradition of excellence already established at OMS, as students see and feel new energy throughout the building. I look forward to connecting with Osage students, parents and the community throughout the next several months, as I continue to learn how we can best provide passionate learning opportunities for all students."

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