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Malta Elementary's new principal a familiar face

MALTA – Two years ago, Malta Elementary School principal Connie Rohlman showed her replacement, Troy Miller, the ropes of the job.

This year, Miller is the one showing Rohlman.

After working for two years as the human resource director for DeKalb School District 428, Rohlman is returning to her previous position as the principal of Malta Elementary School.

Rohlman requested to transfer from her job at the district’s administrative office to the elementary school, where she was principal for eight years. School board members approved the move and Miller’s resignation during their meeting Tuesday. The changes will take effect July 1.

“I think that was her first love,” board President Tracy Williams said. “So with the new opening it just seemed like a good fit for her to go back to doing what she loves.”

Rohlman said she expected to miss being a principal her first year in her district office role, but she continued to miss being at the school of about 315 students throughout her second year.

When Miller submitted his resignation, she saw it as an opportunity she had to take.

“I just missed working directly with kids and curriculum,” Rohlman said. “The director of HR really has nothing to do with curriculum and connecting directly with students,”

Rohlman’s salary as human resource director was about $118,000. Her salary as Malta Elementary principal will be around $107,000, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Student Services Doug Moeller said. Miller’s salary as principal was $85,000.

Miller has been the principal for the past two years, taking over after Rohlman accepted the human resource director position. He is leaving DeKalb for a principal position with a small school district in northern California, where his family is from.

He said he will miss the students and parent support of Malta, but feels at ease with Rohlman taking the reins.

“I’m sure she will do a phenomenal job,” Miller said. “I’m very happy to know she is my replacement.”

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