Murry is principal at Otsego Elementary PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 21 December 2013 09:51
TONTOGANY – Students at Otsego Elementary will have a new principal starting late next month.
In its final meeting of the year on Thursday, the Otsego School Board approved Betsey Murry as the school’s new principal, effective Jan. 20, 2014.
Murry is currently the assistant principal at the school, and will succeed James Garber, the current principal and former Otsego superintendent, in the post.
It was announced late last month that Garber is stepping down, effective Jan. 17, after 6 1/2 years in the district.
“She started in August,” Superintendent Adam Koch said of Murry. “Very impressed by her dedication and work ethic to Otsego already.”
“I heard an administrator from another school district say we’ve got the top with Betsey,” board member Julie Snyder said.
Her salary will be $81,000 annually.
The board also gave a first reading to the 2014/15 High School Program of Studies, which was distributed at the meeting.
High School Principal Kevin O’Shea noted that the new program of studies includes a number of changes, including alterations to procedures for dropping courses, expected courses by grade level, changes to science, health and physical education requirements, study hall rules and, perhaps most importantly, a new class ranking system.
“We’re kind of groundbreaking, trailblazers if you will” with the new ranking system, he said.
Under this system, a student’s class rank will be determined by adding their cumulative grade point average to the number of credits earned, and also adding in their highest ACT score divided by 10.
“It’s extremely unlikely that we kick out seven, eight, nine valedictorians all tied together” with this system, said O’Shea.
This new system with start with the class of 2018.
In other business, the board:
• Set its organizational and regular meeting for Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.
• Recognized November Students of the Month: freshman Lauren Gray; sophomore Tyler Weber; junior Josie Limes; and senior Paige Hill.
• Approved onsite district technical service with the Northwest Ohio Computer Association.
• Gave a second reading to the new board policy manual.
• Went into executive session to discuss employment of personnel. No action was expected.

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