A new principal will lead Davis Middle School next fall.

A new principal will lead Davis Middle School next fall.

The Dublin Board of Education last week approved the hiring of Brian Lidle to take over for Dave Nosker, who is retiring after 29 years with Dublin City Schools.

Superintendent David Axner said the district had about 40 applicants to choose from for the position.

"The interview process was hard," said Tracey Miller, the district's director of secondary education.

Lidle has been principle of Olentangy Orange Middle School since 2008 and also worked in the South-Western City School District.

"Brian is an experienced secondary-school level administrator, and we are excited to add him to our team," Superintendent David Axner said in a news release from the district.

"The Davis community will no doubt be impressed with Brian's work ethic and attitude."

Lidle thanked the board and said he would work hard to serve the students and make sure they're prepared for the future.

Tech Solutions

In other district news, the board last week also heard the first reading of a new class for eighth-graders.

Eydie Schilling, director of teaching and learning, said Tech Solutions would be an elective technology course for eighth-graders.

The class is similar to one already offered to middle school students, teacher Andrea Williams said, but this will be one semester long instead of a trimester.

Other lessons were added because of the increased class time.

Pieces from a broadcast class were added in addition to website design, video game design, tech literacy and other skills, Williams said.

"We'll do a TED talk at the end. We can do it here locally in the building or in Dublin," Williams said, noting that it would give students an opportunity to show what skills they have learned.

The proposed new class will get three readings before a vote.

Several teachers also were recognized at the May 16 board meeting.

Scioto High School theater teacher Pat Santanello and Thomas Elementary School third-grade teacher Elizabeth Weingard were honored with the Golden Shamrock Award.

The award is given to recognize outstanding contributions from district staff members.

Retirements

Retiring teachers also were recognized for their years of service to the district. They are Deer Run Elementary School teachers Sidney Finneran and Joyce Zalwaly; Riverside Elementary School teacher Christine Bell; Scottish Corners Elementary School teacher Cynthia Woodruff; and Coffman High School teachers Tony Bornhorst, Dan Carlson and Cheryl Trivisonno, guidance counselor Jim Bauer and media specialist Martha Grote.