for Bradley High

for Bradley High

Immediately after the holidays, the Hilliard City School District began posting positions for Bradley High School.

Assistant superintendent Leslie McNaughton said many of the positions at the district's third high school, scheduled to open in the fall, will be filled from within the district, but a few hires will come from outside because of licensure qualifications.

Not only does the staff need to be licensed in comprehensive studies, but also in specific areas being taught.

For instance, McNaughton said, some teachers with licenses in life science can no longer teach biology, as defined by state regulations.

"It is our goal in the certified world to get just about everybody reassigned by spring break," she said during a Jan. 26 school board meeting.

She said staffing needs are being filled based on students' course requests.

It will take longer to fill classified positions, according to McNaughton, because the postings have a domino effect.

Dave Stewart, former Darby High School principal who accepted the same position at Bradley, said profiles and pictures of the new staff members are posted as soon as they are hired.

Sondra Mokos of Turner Construction said work on the new high school is on schedule.

In a slide presentation, she showed board members how the work has progressed.

Last year about this time, Mokos said, blocks, snow and steel were flying around the site.

"It's nice to have the building all closed up and control our own destiny inside there," she said.

Once carpeting was put down in the media center, Mokos said, workers were able to get shelving in the following week.

A slide comparison showed the work on the terrazzo or checker-board flooring when it was first laid and once it was completed.

"When they first pour it, it doesn't really look very attractive," Mokos said, "but after some hard work and some long hours of grinding it actually turns out very nice."

She was excited to see the wood flooring put down in the gymnasium.

"This week they started to sand in there," she said.

The floor has enough cushion, she said, that the contractors assured her that she could dunk a basketball.

Stewart said he invited students who will attend the new school to be a part of the Jaguar Ambassadors.

In hosting the event, he said, 20 to 25 students were expected, but 150 showed up.

A monthly meeting is held with the Jaguar Ambassadors, with various speakers addressing the group.

"A hundred of the kids are still coming," he said. "They are very engaged in what is going on at Bradley."

Stewart's predecessor at Darby, Jeff Reinhart, spoke to the students, as did a teacher who experienced change with the opening of a school when she was in the eighth grade.

In February, Stewart said, students will listen to fight songs presented by the band director. In March, they will hear a presentation by Memorial Middle School Principal Doug Lowery regarding the relationship between the high school and middle school.

Between May and August, when school resumes, Stewart said they will be "heading into high gear." The group of students will have a big hand in the school dedication.

Board President Denise Bobbitt said she visited the facility a week ago and was excited by the progress.