Delaware News

Board approves new hires for 2013-14 school year


The Delaware City School District is continuing to get ready for Aug. 14, the first day of classes for the 2013-14 school year.

The board of education met Monday, July 15, and gave approval to a number of new hires, as well as supplemental contracts for coaches, band directors and student council advisers.

One position that was approved is the appointment of Richard "Ric" Stranges as Delaware Hayes High School principal.

The district approved a three-year contract with an annual income of $118,015 for Stranges.

Stranges was previously the principal at New Albany High School, from 2010 to 2013, and prior to that was the assistant principal at the same school from 1999-2010.

Stranges was unable to be reached for comment about his appointment.

Other hires included: Samantha Ginter, Dempsey Language Arts teacher; Rebecca Houts, first grade Carlisle teacher; Patrick Montgomery, Hayes social studies teacher; Lisa Pulsifer, Intervention Specialist at Woodward and Laura Scherer, fourth grade Woodward teacher.

Contracts for services for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year were also approved at the board meeting.

The majority of the security upgrades promised by the district following the passage of the May bond issue have been completed.

"All of our school buildings have now been wired with new security features, including locks and monitors, meaning that all exterior doors can be visually-monitored to control access of visitors," said Jennifer Ruhe, district director of communications.

Larry Davis, directory of facilities and transportation, said the upgrades make the entrances more secure by giving staff the ability to see who is approaching school buildings before they even make it to the door.

The next school board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5, at the district's technology center, 621 Pennsylvania Ave.