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A former Deer Lodge principal and Lodge Grass activities director has been hired as the Laurel High School assistant principal.

Dan Peters was selected for the job Monday by the Laurel School Board. He has been principal of a high school in Parma, Idaho, for two years. Before moving to Idaho, Peters was high school principal and activities director at Powell County High School in Deer Lodge. Before that position, he was junior high principal and high school activities director in Lodge Grass, where he also coached varsity basketball.

Peters also interviewed for positions in Libby and at Billings West High School.

"They all went really well, but Laurel felt like the best fit," Peters said. "I like the direction their school district is going. They have some new people and some experienced people."

Peters will fill the position vacated by Linda Filpula, who has been hired as Laurel Middle School principal. Richard Trerise resigned from the middle school position and now works at the state Office of Public Instruction.

Peters said he has heard good things from his principal friends about Josh Middleton, who will begin in July as superintendent of Laurel schools. Middleton has been superintendent in Valier for four years. The superintendent position opened when former Superintendent Al McMilin resigned last August to take a job with the Office of Public Instruction. Former South Elementary School Principal Nancy Singleton was interim superintendent.

Peters has never held an assistant principal's position before, but said he is excited to take the new challenge. Raised in New Hampshire, Peters said he was 26 when he accepted the Lodge Grass job over the phone.

"It was the experience of a lifetime," he said.

Peters and his wife will come to Laurel as early as they can to begin house hunting, he said. He begins work in August.

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