Principal picked for Catholic school

Principal picked for Catholic school

CHAMPAIGN — The High School of St. Thomas More has hired an educator from the Peoria area to be its new principal.

Ryan Bustle, who has been the principal at St. Mary's Catholic School in Metamora since 2009, has accepted the chief leadership position for Champaign County's only Catholic high school, Larry DeBrock, the school's board president, announced late Friday afternoon in a press release.

"We are thrilled Mr. Bustle has accepted the position," DeBrock said in the release. "He's an energetic and enthusiastic administrator who is strong in his Catholic faith and committed to Catholic education and the STM mission. This is an exciting time at STM, and we are confident our students will enjoy getting to know their new principal as we begin this academic year."

Bustle starts July 30, and he and his wife plan to relocate to Champaign-Urbana in the near future, according to Kay Reiser, director of advancement at St. Thomas More.

According to Friday's press release, Bustle holds a master's degree in educational administration as well as a bachelor's in education, both from Illinois State University.

Before being principal at St. Mary's grade school in Metamora, Bustle was a teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Bloomington, where he also served as a coach.

"I'm delighted to join the Saint Thomas More family," Bustle said in the release. "STM has an excellent team of faculty and staff. The students here are bright, talented, and college-bound. I look forward to further improving the environment allowing them to achieve their academic and personal goals."

Last month, Jeff Starwalt, an administrator in the Mahomet-Seymour school district, first accepted and then declined the St. Thomas More job. He told The News-Gazette that he never actually resigned from Mahomet-Seymour, and further reflection prompted him to stay with the public school district.

Bustle is succeeding Mike Scholz, who was St. Thomas More's assistant principal until he was made the school's interim principal last fall. Scholz announced in April he was resigning at the end of the school year to become principal at Father McGivney Catholic High School, a new school in Maryville.

Scholz became principal last November when Tim Millage was removed by the Peoria Diocese. The diocese declined to comment at the time about Millage's departure.