BG Schools sees two resignations
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 08:04
Two from Bowling Green Schools' administrative team will be leaving for other jobs.
|Joe Zabowski (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Resignation request from Joe Zabowski and Brian Whitta were accepted at Tuesday's school board meeting.
Zabowski is principal at the middle school and leaving for a similar post with Evergreen Schools.
Whitta is transportation director and is leaving for a similar post as well, with Fostoria Schools.
Zabowski just finished his 11th year at Bowling Green, and stated several reasons for his departure.
First and foremost is the change is state retirement benefits and how it will affect school employees in two years.
A retire-rehire plan is an option in Evergreen for Zabowski, but he said such a plan is not ideal here in Bowling Green. Given the defeat of the past levy and pending budget cuts, he doubts that option is available here.
Also, "the political climate around Bowling Green is not healthy for school administrators," he stated.
His last day is July 31, and he will start as middle school principal at Evergreen, located in Metamor, Aug. 1.
His new post will be overseeing about 280 students, compared to the 650 at Bowling Green Middle School.
The Evergreen school also is for grades 6-8.
"I've been at this for 33 years, so it would be nice to relax just a tad" with a smaller school, he laughed.
And the new teacher evaluation system being required by the state won't start for two years at Evergreen. Bowling Green will have to implement it next year.
Zaborski indicated that will be much easier with a smaller staff.
"It's not an easy thing to do but I have to think of my future and my family.
"I will miss a lot of people but it's time to move on."
For Whitta, the move is all about family.
"I need to closer to my home" in Findlay, he explained.
His last day with Bowling Green will be Aug. 30.
He will become transportation director for Fostoria Schools, the district where he started his career.
Whitta started training there as a bus driver in 1999 and left in 2004 as transportation director to take a job with the Ohio Department of Education. He was hired in Bowling Green in 2010.
He said he knows many of the school board members in Fostoria, and "it's nice to be able to get the opportunity to go back and work with people who are considered family."
Bowling Green already has started interviewing for the two positions, and has received internal candidates for both, according to Superintendent Ann McVey.
She said she received five or six applications for each position.
"The timing of these is not great," she stated.
The district would like to have a principal in place by Aug. 1, and also fill the transportation vacancy as soon as possible as well.
She expects a special board meeting before the end of the month to fill the positions.
"In losing Mr. Zabowski, we say goodbye to a person who loves the middle school kids and the teachers. He'll leave that legacy. It'll be tough shoes to fill."
Whitta wasn't with the district long, "but he brought our transportation department into the technological age."
Only Zabowski attended Tuesday's board meeting.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 08:15