Dublin Villager

Board addressing new principals, administrators

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Leadership changes are coming to a few Dublin schools.

The Dublin Board of Education last week approved Staci Lutz as the new principal of Riverside Elementary School.

Superintendent Todd Hoadley said about 10 parents and a dozen staff members were involved in the hiring process.

"From there, every single person of those 30-plus people rated Staci in top categories," he said.

"She was extremely well thought of."

Lutz took over at Riverside as interim principal in March after principal Connie Stitzlein was moved to the central office after being arrested for allegedly assaulting her fiancee.

"She did an extremely good job walking into a difficult situation," Hoadley said.

Lutz has been with Dublin schools for eight years, most recently working as coordinator of data and assessment.

"What has impressed me most about her is her willingness to ask for help," Hoadley said.

Lutz said she was happy with her new position in the district.

"Since I walked into the building, I've know I was meant to be there," Lutz told board members.

Stitzlein's trial, originally slated for May 7, has been moved to August.

Elsewhere in the district, Davis Middle School Principal Brian Lidle will leave the district to become director of professional learning for the Hilliard City School District.

According to a board memo from Hoadley, the vacancy has been posted.

"This loss is the byproduct of hiring great administrators and we will now turn our efforts toward finding a great replacement for Mr. Lidle," Hoadley said.

In the search for a new Grizzell Middle School principal, Corinne Evans will be recommended to the board of education May 27.

Principal Dustin Miller is leaving the position to become Dublin's director or secondary education.

Evans has been Coffman High School assistant principal for the past two years and started her career as a traveling reading teacher for Davis, Sells and Grizzell middle schools, Hoadley said in a letter sent to parents last week.

Evans also taught at Coffman before taking an administrative role.

Interviews are also being conducted for the Chief Academic Officer position, which will replace the assistant superintendent position filled by Michael Trego, who is retiring.

"It is my hope to have a recommendation ready for your consideration at the May (27) work session," Hoadley wrote in a memo to board members.

In other board news, two Golden Shamrock Awards were given out at the May 12 meeting.

Lisa Schneider, central office receptionist was recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty and representing the school district well.

Jerome High School teacher Gretchen George was also given the award for helping a student through a difficult time in his life.

"I honestly believe she would take a bullet for anyone of us," Jerome Principal Cathy Sankey read from the nominating letter. "I'm not the first student she has helped through tough times."

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