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Columbus school hires new president

Jeff Ohnoutka

Officials at Scotus Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Columbus didn’t have to look far for a president and principal to replace Wayne Morfeld, who is retiring after 16 years at the school, including 11 years leading the institution.

Jeff Ohnoutka, assistant principal, history teacher and boys’ head basketball coach, will take the posts July 1. He has been with the high school for 11 years.

"I want to keep the tradition of excellence going at Scotus," said Ohnoutka, a member of St. Bonaventure Parish in Columbus. The teachers and staff are excellent and parent support is strong, he said.

Replacing Ohnoutka as assistant principal will be Merlin Lahm, also a member of St. Bonaventure Parish, a 30-year veteran of the high school, a math teacher and head coach of boys’ and girls’ cross-country and boys’ track.

The school’s 12-member board and others involved in the search considered several candidates from around the country, and decided they had the best people to fill the positions already at the school, said Morfeld, who did not participate in the selection.

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