He’s coming back.

0803unkeThe Monroe County School Board is expected to approve Brett Unke as the new principal for Stanley Switlik Elementary at tonight’s workshop and meeting in Key West. In his recommendation, Superintendent of Schools Mark Porter wrote, “Following two rounds of interviews, [he] was identified as the best qualified candidate for the position.”

Unke was the assistant principal under Barbara Wright from August of 2005 to November of 2009.

“It’s exciting. I’m thrilled,” Unke said,

Stanley Switlik just received its ‘A’ designation from the state, up from a ‘B’ last year.

“It’s good to see those scores rebound. Stanley Switlik has a terrific staff. I know a majority of them from my previous years at the school and they are a talented and dedicated bunch of people. I’m excited to work with them again,” he said.

Unke has 20 years of service with Monroe County Schools. He started at Sugarloaf as a special education teacher, then moved to the district to be a special education diagnostician. Then he served at Stanley Switlik for four years before transferring to Horace O’Bryant as an assistant principal.

One of the biggest changes coming for Stanley Switlik, Unke said, is the change to the common core curriculum. This is the last year of FCAT testing and scoring, but the new curriculum will begin to be phased in this year.

“It’s a big undertaking for the whole district and it will be our focus to prepare and deliver the new curriculum,” Unke said. “We need to continue doing the excellent work that keeps us an ‘A’ school.”

Unke is expected to be in the Marathon school starting on Wednesday.


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