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Monday, April 2, 2018

Highlands High School Names New Principal

The Highlands High School School-Based Decision-Making Council (SBDMC) unanimously selected Matthew Bertasso as principal of Highlands High School. He is presently serving as the director/principal of Compass Academy in Idaho Falls, Idaho, a position he pioneered in a newly created school and has held for six years.

Bertasso will step in for interim principal, Jeff Schneider, who filled in for longtime principal, Brian Robinson.

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A 1997 HHS graduate, Bertasso earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Brigham Young University and master’s degree in School Administration and Supervision at Indiana State University.

Bertasso began his career in education at Oregon-Davis School Corporation in Hamlet, Indiana, where he was first a music teacher for four years, then advanced to the position of director of instructional technology for three years.

The SBDM Council members were quite impressed with Bertasso and his wealth of educational experience. Council member and teacher Jaime Richey said, “Matt brings an outstanding skill set acquired from a long list of incredibly diverse experiences; he has been a classroom teacher, a director of technology, and for the past six years has been principal at a highly innovative high school in Idaho that he helped build from the ground up. The council is looking forward to seeing the direction that Matt will lead our school while continuing our strong tradition of excellence.”

Superintendent Karen Cheser stated, “We are excited to welcome Matt Bertasso back to Fort Thomas as he leads Highlands High School. His varied experiences as a school leader are the perfect fit for Highlands – a school of phenomenal teachers, high-achieving students, and excellent programs. We know he will help the school continue to grow as we prepare students for the 21st century workplace.”

“It is great to be coming back to Fort Thomas,” Bertasso added. “Leading my alma mater is exciting. I see the success of a school or person as a tool for progress.  Highlands has a long list of successes and, therefore, a lot of tools to continue its progress.  I look forward to getting started.”

Bertasso and his wife, Julie, have five children: Allison (14), Lauren (12), Megan (9), Ben (6), and Nate (4).

Matt said he enjoys running and plans to run a half-marathon in April.  He also “loves all things Italian.” He speaks the language, has dual citizenship, loves the food, and even drives a little Italian FIAT 500. Matt and Julie love to travel. As a family, they enjoy road trips, playing games, and pizza and a movie.

Bertasso will begin serving as principal on July 1, 2018.

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