COAL CITY – During the 28 years he has spent with the Coal City Consolidated School District, Mitch Hamann has been a teacher, a coach, an assistant principal and a principal.
Kent Bugg, superintendent said two words – passion and enthusiasm – come to mind when talking about Hamann.
“Most people like to say he bleeds Coaler green,” Bugg said.
The school board came out of closed session April 2 and approved a new five-year contract for Hamann as high school principal, which Bugg said will take him to retirement. Hamann’s current salary is $94,500, and he will receive a 2.5 percent increase each year for five years.
Hamann has been principal at Coal City High School for the past two years.
Hamann was raised in Mendota, and when he moved to the area he initially thought he’d be more comfortable in a town like Morris, which was similar to his hometown.
He ended up moving to Coal City and settling into his job as teacher.
“We have great kids and great teachers,” Hamann said. “It was easy to fall in love with the community and the school.”
Bugg said Hamann has done an excellent job as principal and he is excited to have his contract renewed for five more years.
“I’m happy with what he’s done in a short period of time as principal,” Bugg said.
Hamann feels his first goal – making the high school a welcoming place – also is his biggest accomplishment as principal.
Hamann said a lot of great kids have come through the school, helping it to feel like home.
In addition to being a teacher, he spent 14 years as a football coach and 23 years as a basketball coach.
“When someone comes through our doors we want them to feel at home,” he said. “We want to treat everyone fairly and with respect.”
Bugg said he holds everyone who wears Coaler green to a higher standard.
“The school is just a branch of the community,” Hamann said. “We have student ambassadors that act as liaisons from the high school to the community to show that. We’re building the culture of one community, one family.”