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Board promotes principal, re-ups Mankins

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The Marysville school district didn't have to look far to find its next assistant superintendent.

Jonathan Langhals, who served one year as principal of Edgewood Elementary School, will replace Andy Culp. Culp was hired in April as superintendent of Grandview Heights City School District.

The school board voted to hire Langhals and two new principals and also gave Superintendent Diane Mankins a new four-year contract at its meeting Thursday, June 19.

"Jonathan has only been with us for a short time. Jonathan has a keen eye for data, good instruction and solid leadership," Mankins said. "He has done a great job of bringing that staff along to see improvements in students. We certainly have different experiences in our educational life, so we should complement each other well."

Langhals will be paid $101,000 a year and begins his new position in July. According to Mankins, he will receive the same insurance package as Culp, including full Medicare and State Teachers Retirement System payments, which total $36,160 a year.

Langhals began his teaching career at Buckeye Valley West Elementary School in Ostrander and also taught at Indian Springs Elementary School in the Olentangy Local School District. He was principal at Liberty Elementary School in the River Valley Local School District near Marion and at Huber Ridge Elementary School in the Westerville City School District before coming to Marysville.

"I'm just really proud to continue to work here at Marysville schools. Marysville is a special place due to our parents, students and staff," Langhals said. "Marysville is becoming more of a destination. People are going to look to Marysville to see what Marysville is doing. I look forward to working with you for many years to come."

Contract extension

The board also approved a new contract for Mankins, whose original three-year contract began Aug. 1, 2012.

Board president Sue Devine said it is common practice to begin negotiations a year before a superintendent's contract expires. The new contract term is Aug 1, 2014, to July 31, 2018.

Mankins' annual base salary starts at $140,760 -- up from $138,000 -- with a potential 2 percent performance-based increase each year.

Benefits include 20 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave annually. Up to 15 days of vacation per year can be cashed out, and up to 60 days can be banked and carried over.

The district will pay her State Teachers Retirement System employee contribution, as well as Medicare taxes and the cost of a term life insurance policy.

The contract provides tuition reimbursement for up to six semester hours of continuing education; up to $2,000 annually for membership in professional organizations; up to $2,000 annually for civic organization memberships; a $100 monthly mobile communications allowance; and a $10,000 annual annuity if the board is satisfied with her performance.

Principal hires

In other administrative moves, David Hensinger will replace Langhals as principal of Edgewood Elementary School.

"I had heard from the Edgewood staff that they want someone that's going to be around for a while," Mankins said. "I'm pleased to welcome back David Hensinger. He's committed to be here a long time. He is certainly a strong instructional leader."

Hensinger spent the 2013-14 school year at Ohio State University as a university trainer with the Literacy Collaborative Project. He previously taught fourth grade in Marysville schools for 10 years, served as a first-grade reading recovery teacher for two years and spent his last year with the district as a K-4 instructional coach and staff developer.

"I'm terribly excited to come back to the district and be part of it again," Hensinger said. "I have big shoes to fill, but I have a great staff to work with."

Hensinger's annual salary is $75,000.

Amey McGlenn was hired as the new principal of Mill Valley Elementary School, also at an annual salary of $75,000.

McGlenn began her teaching career in 2002 at Navin Elementary School and taught fourth grade for eight years. In 2010, she became the K-4 literacy instructional coach and expanded to serve up to sixth grade this past school year.

"It doesn't take long to know Amey and know she's a go-getter; she's a hard worker. She's invaluable to this district," Mankins said. "I'm so excited to have her jump in as the principal at Mill Valley."

"I'm really excited. This community means everything to me," McGlenn said. "So to be able to start my career here and hopefully finish it here is a dream."

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