The Board of Education has approved a new principal at Metro High School and an associate principal at McKinley Middle School. Both begin their roles on July 1.
Brian Galusha has been named Principal at Metro High School. Galusha joins the District after serving for six years as associate principal at Clinton High School. He had previously taught science and served as the at-risk department chair at Clinton. Galusha earned his undergraduate degree from The Franciscan University and his master’s Degree from Western Illinois University.
“We conducted a very intense and robust process for selecting the next Principal at Metro High School,” explained Carlos Grant, current Metro Principal and incoming Executive Director of Personalized Learning and Middle Level Education. “Finding someone who can create and foster meaningful relationships with staff, parents, community, and students was critical. Brian comes to us with an array of experiences that make him highly qualified to lead our diverse staff and student population at Metro.”
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with the students and staff at Metro High School,” said Galusha. “It is evident that Metro has established a caring environment for students to learn. The out-of-the box thinking that has taken place over the last several years puts Metro in a great place for academic advances in the future. I look forward to advancing students to be college and career ready in the future.”
Justin Blietz will join the leadership team at McKinley Middle School as Associate Principal. He recently completed his master’s degree in educational leadership from Drake University and holds an undergraduate degree from Coe College.
A graduate of Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School, he most recently served as an instructional coach at East High School in Des Moines. Previously, Blietz taught 7th grade science at Harding Middle School in Des Moines, where he also served as on the Building Leadership Team, and in the Aldine Independent School District in Houston, Texas.
“As a native of Cedar Rapids, I look forward to returning to my hometown to build relationships with the students, staff and families of the McKinley community,” said Blietz. “I am eager to share my enthusiasm for learning and to collaborate with a team dedicated to providing innovative learning opportunities that meet the needs of all learners.”
“We have been focusing intently on developing educational leaders in Cedar Rapids and Justin is exactly that--an educational leader,” noted Grant. “He comes to us with vast experiences related to instructional coaching and developing robust learning environments. He has a drive and passion that mirrors our district's mindset shift.”