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Ross Koenig, currently the Windsor C-1 School District activities director, has been named the new principal at Crystal City High School.

The Crystal City Board of Education voted 5-0 in May to hire Koenig for the job.

“I think Ross will be a great hire and a great part of our team,” said Matt Holdinghausen, the current high school principal who becomes the district superintendent July 1, replacing Steven Barnes, who is leaving the job to be superintendent at the Morgan County R-2 School District in the southwestern part of the state, where he previously worked.

Holdinghausen said he has known Koenig for a while and believes he will do a good job as principal.

“I think he’s a very good communicator and will help us improve with our communications,” Holdinghausen said.

Koenig, a 1998 Crystal City High graduate, starts his new job July 1. He will be paid a $76,957 annual salary for the principal job.

He had been earning a $55,000 yearly salary as the Windsor athletic director.

Koenig, 40, said he’s eager to start the new job.

“I’m excited for the opportunity,” he said. “I graduated from Crystal City High School and started my teaching career there.”

Koenig said the new job will be a challenge, with several changes for the district in the works.

The district will shift to a four-day school week when the school year begins on Aug. 25.

In addition, seventh- and eighth-graders will be housed at the high school instead of at the elementary school.

That means Koenig will oversee about 240 students in grades seven through 12.

Koenig began his career in education in 2005 as a paraprofessional and coach at Crystal City High School. He later taught middle and high school social studies.

In 2009, he took a job as middle school social studies teacher in the Jefferson R-7 School District before moving to Jefferson High School, where he taught social studies and classes for at-risk students. In 2015, he was named the Jefferson High assistant principal.

He also has coached baseball, basketball and softball.

Koenig worked in the private sector before taking the job as Windsor’s activities director in 2019.

“I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to this point to work with great educators, students and families,” Koenig said.

“I have had the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally, as well as had opportunities to lead in many different arenas in the field of education. I look forward to bringing my experience to Crystal City High School and to working with the students, staff and families to continue to provide the best educational opportunities we can provide.”

Koenig received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has master’s degrees in classroom instruction and in secondary administration, both from Missouri Baptist University.

He and his wife, Jenny, live outside of Festus with their daughters, Avery, 10, and Caroline, 7.

Board members Lonnie Compton and Mandie Osher were absent from the meeting in May when Koenig was hired.