After leaving the district almost a decade ago, George Nemanich is coming back as the Red Wing High School principal.

Red Wing School Board held a special meeting Friday morning, June 28, to introduce Nemanich and unanimously approved his hiring.

Nemanich worked for 21 years in the Red Wing School District as a social studies teacher and assistant principal at Twin Bluff Middle School.

In 2010, Nemanich left Red Wing for the Rochester Public School District. In Rochester, Nemanich spent three years at Mayo High School and was most recently the principal at Ben Franklin Elementary and Montessori at Franklin.

Red Wing School Board member Holly Tauer shared during the meeting that she remembers Nemanich from his social studies teaching days. Tauer said she had Nemanich in his first year, remarking that he was a quality educator then and is even better now.

Being back in the Red Wing School District is "exciting" for Nemanich, he said.

Board chair Arlen Diercks said he received calls from community members to make sure the district hired Nemanich, saying he's a "highly respected" person in Red Wing.

Nemanich said he looks forward to trying to live up to the expectations.

The district interviewed seven people for the position on June 25. A dozen or so parents, community members, staff members and administrators were present for those interviews.

Todd Herber, the former principal of Red Wing High School, took a principal job in South Washington County about a month ago. Superintendent Karsten Anderson thanked Herber, who was present for the meeting, for his five years of service.