Mike Rogers – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS is starting the 2017-2018 school year by welcoming aboard a new member of the discipline team, but someone very familiar with the schook, discipline dean Kent Ringquist.
The newest dean was previously Student Government Association (SGA) adviser, a very well liked coach who taught team sports and was the running back coach for the LRHS football team.
Ringquist stepped up into position after former dean Michael Staker ascended to assistant principal. Seeing the open seat, Ringquist used to it as an opportunity to join the administration, a feat he has long desired.
“It was something I’ve been thinking about, joining the administration, for several years now and in order to do that, you have to first become a dean. I thought this would be a good chance as any to fulfill my goal,” said Ringquist.
A new position, however, requires some sacrifice of its incumbent, demanding all of the dean’s time as a coach. Ringquist shared his bittersweet goodbye with his coaching role.
“Because of my new responsibilities it makes it difficult to be a coach of the football team. It’s hard, but I have to say goodbye to it. Dean is a full-time position, so I have to leave behind teaching team sports, but I am going to miss it,” he said with a hint of sorrow.
Despite having to give up his coaching job, Ringquist is enjoying his time so far with his new seat.
“Every day is something new, and I really like that. It keeps me very busy. Friday was a very, very busy day. Each dean has different responsibilities and its fun doing the job. It’s definitely new to me, and I enjoy learning new things,” he said.
Ringquist is hoping all students can have a fun, safe and productive 2017-2018 school year. He commented, “Every School year is a new start for everybody, and everyone is going to do their best to make sure that this is a good school year.”