Hilliard Northwest News

School board names seven new administrators

Hires include successors to Estepp and Stewart, four elementary principals

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Superintendent John Marschhausen will not be the only new administrator for Hilliard City Schools next school year.

Both of the other finalists to succeed Dale McVey as superintendent were top Hilliard administrators and accepted positions at other districts, requiring successors to be named. Several new principals also were named.

The new administrators were named at the May 28 school board meeting, where Marschhausen, who was involved in the hiring process, was present to introduce them.

"That we found the people from within to fill these positions speaks volumes about the talent in Hilliard City Schools," said Marschhausen, who thanked the school board and McVey for the opportunity to be part of the hiring process.

Marschhausen, who is superintendent of Loveland City Schools near Cincinnati, officially begins his tenure in Hilliard on July 1.

Kim Halley will be the district's new executive director of K-12 curriculum and instruction, succeeding Steve Estepp, who resigned to become the new superintendent of Mariemont City Schools in suburban Cincinnati.

Halley, currently the director of elementary education for Hilliard schools, will step into her new role effective Aug. 1.

Her annual salary will be $114,500 and she will receive other compensation and benefits totaling $30,309.

Halley has 21 years of educational experience, including leading the district's elementary curriculum and instruction department for the past two years.

Halley thanked district administrators for their support in choosing her and said she looks forward to the challenges of the new position.

Succeeding Halley as the director of elementary education will be Jennifer Adams.

Adams will move into the new position effective Aug. 1 and earn an annual salary of $104,000 with other compensation and benefits equaling $27,532.

Adams currently is the student services coordinator at Davidson High School.

She has 21 years of education experience, including 16 years in the classroom and five as a principal.

"I thank you for this opportunity and feel blessed. ... I'm excited to begin," Adams said.

The school board has not selected a new student services coordinator at Davidson.

 

Five new principals

Melinda Mordarski will be the new principal at Bradley High School, succeeding David Stewart, also a finalist for Hilliard superintendent who recently accepted a job as deputy superintendent of South-Western City Schools.

Mordarski is currently an assistant principal at Bradley High School.

She will become principal effective Aug. 1 and earn an annual salary of $110,000 with benefits and other compensation totaling $29,119.

Mordarski began her administrative career as an assistant principal at Darby High School when it opened in 1997. She moved to Bradley High School to become assistant principal when it opened in 2009.

"I am absolutely thrilled to serve as the next principal at Bradley," she said.

The school board has not named a successor to Mordarski as assistant principal.

Four elementary schools also will welcome new principals in August.

Betsy Long will be the new principal at Beacon Elementary School, succeeding the retiring Jane Leach.

Long will earn an annual salary of $83,000 with other compensation and benefits totaling $21,977.

Long has 13 years of education experience in the classroom and four as an instructional coach.

Jonathan Way will be the new principal of Brown Elementary School, succeeding the retiring Doug Lowery.

Way will earn an annual salary of $84,200 and his other compensation and benefits will be worth $22,294.

Way had been a teacher and administrator for the past 17 years at Delaware City Schools.

Hilary Sloat will be the new principal of Horizon Elementary School, succeeding Brian Blum, who left for a job at another school district.

Sloat will earn an annual salary of $83,000 with benefits totaling $21,977.

Sloat has eight years of experience at Hilliard as an intervention, special education and general elementary school teacher.

Tara Grove will be the new principal of Avery Elementary School, succeeding the retiring Kathy Curtis.

For the past five years, Grove was principal at Roxboro Elementary School in Cleveland Heights.

Grove will earn an annual salary of $95,000 with benefits totaling $25,151.

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