|Eastwood adds elementary principal|
|Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor|
|Saturday, 04 May 2013 06:43|
PEMBERVILLE - Eastwood School District has shifted a contracted employee to a full-time principal's position.
The school board on April 25 approved a two-year contract with Dr. Margaret "Margy" Brennan Krueger as both Luckey Elementary principal and school improvement specialist, effective Aug. 1.
She has been school improvement specialist for five years at Eastwood, working on contract through the Wood County Educational Service Center.
As school improvement specialist, Krueger has handled curriculum and professional development for the district.
She formerly had been an elementary principal for Liberty Center School District.
She will be paid $78,500 annually, the same the district was paying the ESC for her services, said Superintendent Brent Welker.
Tom Lingenfelder has been the district's sole elementary principal, covering Pemberville and Luckey schools, since the fall of 2011.
Lingenfelder will continue his duties at Pemberville.
The district decided to go back to two elementary principals because of new evaluation policies and procedures which will be mandated starting with the next school year, Welker said.
"It's going to add hours and hours of work to principals' plates," he stated.
Krueger also was instrumental in the selection of a Go Math lesson plan for grades K-5 for the upcoming school year.
The board approved the three-year contract for the program at a cost of $29,194
Krueger worked on the selection with elementary teachers and gifted programs teacher Mike Godfrey.
Go Math supports the Common Core State Standards, and "that was the number one choice of what we were looking for," she told the board.
Teachers will use it in K-5 classrooms plus those teaching gift and special needs students.
The only other school district in this area using the program is Tiffin.
"I like to be on the leading edge, but I don't like to be on the bleeding edge," said board member Roger Bostdorff about the program and its cost.
Krueger said the author of the Common Core standards also authored Go Math.
She said she was particularly impressed that students will have to record their strategies, explanations, solutions, practice and test prep right in their books - and at every grade level.
The cost of workbooks for each student upped the price of the program, she explained.
The district will introduce this series to grades 6-8 as lessons become available.
Also at the meeting, the board:
â€¢Â Â Â approved a continuing certified teaching contract to Lori Maas; two-year contracts to Ethan Downey, Amy Schaffner, Stacy Shue and Lauren Smith through 2015; and one-year contracts to Kari Hildreth, Jennifer Moorman, Michael Procyk, Eric Rutherford, Deb Streacker, John Wagner, D.J. Michel, Kevin Leady and Jerry Swartz.
â€¢Â Â Â accepted the resignation of elementary teacher Judy Barden effective June 4.
â€¢Â Â Â accepted the retirement requests from Marlene Hoodlebrink, Elaine Grolle and Shirley Blausey.
â€¢Â Â Â accepted a $2,000 donation from Wells Fargo Foundation for the softball program; $300 from BP Fabrick of America to the Pemberville kindergarten program; and $2,500 from Fifth Third Bank for the soccer program.
â€¢Â Â Â approved a request from the International Club to travel to Europe for a 20-day trip, departing June 12.
â€¢Â Â Â commended members of the middle school quiz bowl team for being county champions, and Danielle Baugher for being named April Student of the Month.
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