Jeff Axness named principal of La Crosse Central High

Jeff Axness La Crosse Central Principal
Jeff Axness

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — La Crosse Central High School has a new principal.

The La Crosse School Board has chosen Jeff Axness to take the lead of one of the district’s high schools.

Axness, an educator for 25 years, has been an administrator at Central for 10 years, serving as dean of students and associate principal. Prior to his time at Central, Axness was a teacher at La Crosse Logan High School.

“Jeff is a wonderful addition for us and the La Crosse community, and we are excited to have him leading Central High School,” said Superintendent Aaron Engel. “He brings an abundance of experience and knowledge to this position which will help guide Central High School into its next successful chapter.”

Axness is a 1996 graduate of Winona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education. He earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Viterbo University in 2004.

“I’ve devoted my entire career to public education and I firmly believe that the work we do changes for the better the lives of the young people we serve,” said Axness. “We need to do our absolute best every day to serve our community by ensuring our students have the finest school experience possible. We must strive to make sure each and every student knows we will never give up on them, their goals, and their dreams.”

Axness will begin his new role July 1, after the retirement of current principal Troy McDonald.