Former Beavercreek High School student returns as its next principal

Dale Wren

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Dale Wren

Beavercreek High School has decided on its next principal, and it’s one of their own.

Dale Wren, current principal at Ankeney Middle School, will begin his new position as BHS principal at the beginning of the 2020- 21 school year, the district announced Tuesday night during the school board meeting.

Wren, a 1990 Beavercreek High School grad, worked his first job as an educator in the BHS special education department for 14 years, then served as assistant principal at the high school from 2013 until 2015 before becoming the Ankeney Middle School principal.

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“No one is better suited for this critical leadership role than Dale Wren,” said Paul Otten, Beavercreek City Schools superintendent, in a prepared statement.

Wren’s contract with the school district is effective Aug. 1, 2020, through July 31, 2023, and he is slated to earn an annual salary of $133,737.

“I’ve been in this field 24 years,” Wren said. “I have roughly 11 years left. I would like to be someone that brought in consistency over time. If you really want to tackle big projects and big goals, it helps to have consistent leadership over time. … They’ve had three principals in five years, so if I can be a source of stability, that’s kind of my main goal right now.”

In October, the school board approved a separation agreement with George Caras, the former principal of Beavercreek High School.

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Caras, in his third year as the high school principal, was put on administrative leave Sept. 27, after he self-reported to Otten that he said an inappropriate word during a conversation with a student. The conversation was about race and culture, and Caras reportedly used the word while explaining how it has evolved to take on different connotations over time.

Tied to his goal of bringing stability to BHS, Wren said he wants to create the same experience that he had through the Beavercreek school system for today’s high school students.

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“What a unique experience for me,” Wren said. “I have two wonderful parents, but also, growing up in Beavercreek, I had wonderful teachers all the way throughout the process. I had a great experience at BHS — made lifelong friends there. So to be able to come back and be a part of that staff to hopefully create that same experience for kids in Beavercreek now is really, that was kind of my drive.”

Next, the school board will begin a search for the next principal at Ankeney Middle School. The district’s goal is to have a candidate identified by early spring.

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