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Rick Geerlofs (49) has been appointed principal of the year 7 to 13 school.
Mr Geerlofs has been deputy principal at Menzies College, in Wyndham, Southland, for 11 years. He is married with four adult children.
Mr Geerlofs and his wife Faye will move to Palmerston early in term two.
East Otago High was well equipped and well run and he did not expect to make any immediate changes, Mr Geerlofs said.
He was looking forward to starting work at the school.
Mr Geerlofs succeeds Tony Jenkins as principal at East Otago High School.