St. Columbkille names principal

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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:00 am

Meet the new boss.

St. Columbkille School hired its new principal last April, and he knows he has big shoes to fill.

Jim Makey started his new job this month, and is looking forward to his first year as principal. Makey, of Guthrie Center, Iowa, has been an educator for 33 years. His most recent job was principal at Logan Magnolia Elementary School in Logan, Iowa.

Working at a private Catholic school will be a new experience for him.

“I’ve been in public schools my whole life, so this is a switch for me,” he said.

At Columbkille, Makey said the ability to not only endorse his own religion, but also promote it is a big change.

To teach values stemming from faith and watch 500 children pray together during Mass are just some of several things he looks forward to.

Makey has worked as a teacher, coach and principal of every grade level, from kindergarten to high school. A graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, he did graduate school work at Northwest Missouri State.

Makey is married to his wife, Betty, and they have raised four children and have two grandchildren. In his free time, his wife and he go bicycling.

“I’m terrible at golf, but I enjoying getting on the course when I can,” he said.

He said he knows his predecessor, Cheryl Blue, was well respected and renowned as an expert in curriculum. Blue passed away earlier this year of cancer.

The new principal looks to his first school year with goals of restoring a bit of stability after Blue’s months-long absence while she was ill.

He said it was a rough year for the school, and he would like to work on fixing communication among faculty and staff with parents, and further Blue’s work toward getting the school accredited.

“That’s something she started, and I’d like to complete,” he said. “I will consider it a successful year if I perform those goals.”

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