PERRYSBURG — Administrative changes were announced at Monday’s board of education meeting.
Superintendent Tom Hosler said that Fort Meigs Elementary Principal Kellie Johnson will be the executive director of human resources.
Hosler said Perrysburg Junior High School Assistant Principal Marjoe Cooper will be named Fort Meigs principal.
“It’s pretty exciting to see that,” Hosler said. “Marjoe was a very successful principal at Fremont Middle School. One of the things we like to talk about is during his years as principal there was a three-grade level improvement in terms of state report card.”
Hosler said that although Cooper is humble about the grade level improvement, the assistant principal takes great pride in his experience with shifting the culture of his previous school.
“If you ask him about that (the state report) it’s probably the last thing he mentions because the first thing he mentions is how they changed the culture in that building, which changed the conversations of what was happening in the classroom,” Hosler said.
Both recommendations follow the retirement of Executive Director of Human Resources Aura Norris, which will be effective July 1. Norris has served the district for 30 years.
Hosler said that it’s Norris’s commitment that has shaped the district.
“Certainly, we appreciate Aura and all that she did for the district. She gave us the opportunity to work on finding the right person. And as we began to look there were certain qualities that we wanted to find. Someone who is child centered, someone who’s looking out for staff. We wanted to maintain the culture that we got here, and Aura is a big part of that culture and somebody who understands how schools work,” Hosler said.
In other business, the school board recognized the following sports teams for their State qualifications:
• Boys Golf OHSAA Division I state qualifiers
• Girls Golf OHSAA Division I state qualifiers
• Boys Cross Country OHSAA Division I state qualifiers
• Girls Cross Country OHSAA Division I state qualifiers
• Girls Tennis OHSAA/OTCA Division I state qualifiers
• Girls Tennis OTCA Division I state qualifiers
Michelle Predmore, a STEM teacher at Fort Meigs and Toth elementaries, was recognized as the district’s master teacher.
“So master teacher is a really big deal,” Norris said. “We have in Perrysburg, eight or nine master teachers so that tells you the level of what you have to get to for this credential. We have a consortium of area districts and there’s a committee and we arrange to have the master teacher portfolios judged by peers in other districts.
“It’s like a year-long thing at least. I’ve heard from people who are nationally board certified that this is pretty darn close. It’s a lot of work and it’s a real testament that we have Shelly here today.”
Predmore has served the district for 11 years.