The South-Western Board of Education Monday night, April 8 hired five people for new administrative duties and recognized district employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
The board approved the appointments of four building principals and an assistant principal:
• Andy Jados was named Franklin Heights High School principal. He now serves as assistant principal at Westerville South High School. His previous posts include dean of students/assistant principal at Pickerington North High School, dean of students at Pickerington High School and interim assistant principal at Hilliard Darby High School.
Jados was selected as the 2013 National Association of Secondary School Principals/ Virco Assistant Principal of the Year for Ohio and will be recognized this week at the state assistant principals of the year symposium and gala in Washington.
• Andy Stotz will move up from assistant principal to principal at Franklin Woods Intermediate School. Before his appointment as assistant principal in 2010, Stotz was a sixth grade math teacher at Park Street Intermediate and a language arts teacher at East Toledo Junior High.
• Brett Harmon will become the new principal at Pleasant View Middle School. He has 10 years of administrative experience, most recently serving as principal at Gahanna Middle School West. Before that he served as assistant principal and athletic director at Gahanna Middle School South.
• Stephanie Baker will be the new principal at Highland Park Elementary. Baker has served as the South-Western district's curriculum coordinator for math, science, health and PE for the last two years. Before that, she served 11 years as a fifth grade teacher at Franklin Woods Intermediate.
• The board also approved hiring Lori Mesi as assistant principal at Central Crossing High School. She has been the dean of students at Marysville High School since 2010 and was an English teacher at the high school for five years prior to that.
All five administrators will begin their new duties in July.
School Bell Awards
The board also recognized the latest recipients of the district's School Bell Award, given to staff members whose job performance goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Nominations can be submitted by district residents, parents or graduates.
The honorees are:
• Mary Mulvany, Finland Middle School technology applications teacher.
Finland parent Kimberly Ward submitted a four-page letter nominating Mulvany for the award listing an array of her good deeds, including making free clothes available for needy students, visiting students in the hospital, preparing meals for their parents and attending the proms and graduations of her former students.
Mulvany also "excels in education," Ward's letter reads. "I have never come in contact with a teacher as involved as Mary. Her heart truly is in her job."
Janet Boyd, the parent of a 2010 Westland High School graduate, nominated three Westland teachers for "the guidance, assistance and mentoring" they gave her daughter.
• Math teacher Todd Parker, science teacher Stephen Chawla and English teacher Reggie Wagstaff not only mentored her daughter at high school, but have continued to provide guidance and support in the three years since she graduated, Boyd states in her letter.
• Lisa Morrison, a bus driver at Richard Avenue Elementary, was nominated by Principal Cathy Moore on behalf of the school's Somali parents for her attention and care for their students, especially helping them through the language barrier.
Moore noted that Morrison often checks the sizes of students' coats and hats to see if they are wearing clothes that don't fit or making sure their parents have enough change for the laundry.
The students who ride her bus are well served by the compassion Morrison shows, Moore stated in her letter.