Beth Utz hired as BG High School assistant principal

An accomplished Bowling Green mom of six will be the new assistant principal at Bowling Green High School.

At Friday’s meeting, the board of education hired Beth Utz as assistant high school principal.

She replaces Katie Bacon, who left for an assistant principal’s job in Perrysburg school district.

“I’m very excited,” Utz said.

Dan Black, who is principal at the high school, said they received 14 applications and invited six in for interviews.

Utz has six children who went through Bowling Green schools with the last being a senior this year.

“I’m ready to take this head on and work with Mr. Black,” she said.

Prior to COVID, she subbed in the school district then worked at PATH. The Anthony Wayne High School graduate got her undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University and an administrative license at Ashland University.

“I’m really excited about the changes that are happening; we’re on the cusp of a lot of different things,” Utz said.

She said she is already part of the Bowling Green community, and she hopes to make some positive changes to the school community.

Also at the meeting, the board:

• Approved the mandatory shut down of all athletics, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities from June 30-July 8, 2024.

“To allow families to be families,” said Superintendent Francis Scruci.

• Established the 2023-24 student fee schedule.

Board member Ginny Stewart asked about the parking fee at the high school, which, according to the 2023-24 student handbook, is $25.

Black said there has always been a parking fee during his 10 years at the school. He said he thinks it started when the district added pay-to-participate fees.

“It’s a privilege,” Utz said.

• Accepted the resignation, effective Aug. 11, of middle school business technology teacher Matthew Kern.

• Hired Emily Myers as part-time secretary at Crim Elementary and Kristine Fauver as school psychologist at $85.28 per hour.