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Whitehall director chosen to lead bands

Board names Chris Herrmann as replacement for Justin Hennig

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The Grandview Heights City School District has a new director of bands.

The school board Monday, June 9, approved hiring Whitehall City School District director of instrumental music Chris Herrmann to lead Grandview's middle school and high school band programs.

Herrmann has served in Whitehall schools since 2009. He replaces Justin Hennig, who resigned from the position after one year.

The board accepted Hennig's resignation at its April meeting, despite the pleas of more than 100 students and parents who said Hennig was being forced out and deserved at least one more year to prove himself.

Incoming Superintendent Andy Culp told the board he had the chance to interview Herrmann after Grandview Heights High School Principal Ken Chaffin recommended him as a potential candidate for the position.

Herrmann was impressive not only for his teaching philosophy and depth of knowledge, but also because of his enthusiasm for working with both musically gifted students and those who struggle to learn their instrument, Culp said.

Herrmann told the board he was excited to come to Grandview, a district whose bands have a tradition of high levels of accomplishment both "on the field and on the stage."

When the opportunity to come to Grandview arose, "I couldn't help myself," he said.

The board this week also approved entering into a three-year agreement with the Educational Services Center of Central Ohio for the services of Jennifer Haddow as the district's director of student services.

Haddow has "dedicated her career to special-needs students," Culp said. "What stands out to me is her earnest and genuine care and (concern) for students and their parents."

Haddow currently serves as a special education coordinator with the South-Western City School District.

The board also accepted the retirement of director of curriculum and professional development Katie Maxfield, effective Dec. 31.

Also at this week's meeting, the board approved three summer building expenses:

* A $49,800 project to refinish the wooden doors and frames, wooden window frames and the stairway woodwork at the high school. The work will be completed by Martin Painting & Coating Co. The project is being paid for by a private, anonymous donation through the Columbus Foundation.

* A $82,709 project to demolish and remodel the seventh- and eighth-grade restroom at Larry Larson Middle School. The work will be completed by the Lust Group.

* A $150,000 project to replace the roof over the high school media center. The work will be completed by Design-Build Solutions.

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