VALPARAISO | Valparaiso High School will have a new director of bands this fall for only the third time since 1958.
Miguel Rosario-Vega, who has served as assistant director of bands at the high school since 1995, was named director at the school board's meeting Wednesday night. He replaces Daniel Pritchett, who is retiring.
“I'm honored to continue in the tradition,” Rosario-Vega said. “It's a privilege to be working with this community. I'm looking forward to moving to a new stage in my career.”
Rosario-Vega said he plans to bring in guest artists including the Great Lakes Navy Band and to expand the high school's collaboration with Valparaiso University.
In recommending Rosario-Vega, Valparaiso Schools Assistant Superintendent Jim Doane said he brings “high energy” to the job.
In other news, Superintendent Mike Berta said six schools in the district had been awarded four-star status for high academic achievement in English, language arts and mathematics on the ISTEP exam.
Valparaiso High School, Ben Franklin Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson, Central, Memorial and Northview elementary schools all received the designation, Berta said.
“It's a big deal to have six four-star schools in one corporation,” Berta said. “In my opinion, this demonstrates a powerful K through 12 program.”
Board President Mark Maassel said the board's next discussion meeting would be devoted to considering how the elementary, middle school, high school and career center buildings facilitate teaching and learning in the 21st century.
“We need to think about what we have in this school system and where we need to go,” Maassel said.
The board will discuss how to structure the process for looking at facilities and garnering public input, he said.
The meeting is set for 6 p.m. June 5 at the Valparaiso Schools Administration Building, 3801 N. Campbell St.