The Canal Winchester Times

Board fills assistant principal job at Indian Trail


The new assistant principal for Indian Trail Elementary School is coming to Canal Winchester from Dublin.

Paula Vertikoff has been an instructional support teacher at Wyandot Elementary School in Dublin for the past five years.

She will begin her new job at Indian Trail on Aug. 1.

The Canal Winchester Board of Education agreed at its July 2 meeting to hire Vertikoff.

Her two-year contract calls for her to be paid a base salary of $74,158 annually.

She fills the vacancy left by Asia Armstrong, who was promoted to the role of school principal in May.

Prior to serving as an instructional support teacher, Vertikoff was a kindergarten teacher at Wyandot Elementary for eight years. She earned a degree in early childhood education from Ohio Dominican University and holds master's degrees from Ashland University and Nova Southeastern University.

"Paula will provide high-quality leadership to Indian Trail Elementary School and the district leadership team," Canal Winchester Superintendent Jim Sotlar said.

"She has a passion and desire for academic excellence and fully understands the importance of achieving excellence in all areas. I am very excited to have her on our team."

In other action July 2, the board approved a one-year contract for $53,889 with the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office for the services of a school resource officer for the 2014-15 school year.

Fairfield County Deputy Jeff Reed will serve in that role for a second year, according to Sotlar.

"He did an outstanding job last school year assisting school officials in legal matters, adding an extra sense of security by being visible throughout the district, assisting in conflict resolution -- parent or student -- initiating positive interaction with students and assisting school officials in crisis planning and security matters," Sotlar said.