New Albany News

School district now looking to hire two new principals


The New Albany-Plain Local School District has another principal job to fill before the next school year begins.

K-1 Principal Susan Wittig, who was hired in May 2012 on a two-year contract, resigned her position to become principal of Deer Run Elementary School in Dublin, which is closer to her home, said district spokesman Patrick Gallaway.

The district already is searching for a new middle school principal.

Wittig earned $94,500 annually in salary and about $24,000 per year in benefits. She will work in New Albany through the summer.

In a letter to parents, Superintendent April Domine wrote, "The district will begin a search immediately to identify a new leader for the K-1 school that will continue the work that has begun this year. To ensure a seamless transition, we will engage the staff in the process to identify a candidate that understands the focus of our K-1 learning environment and has the expertise necessary to lead these vital years of development."

Meanwhile, district officials have received 81 applications for middle school principal.

Kip Greenhill, a retired principal, was hired to fill the position on short notice last summer when Andy Culp left New Albany to became Marysville schools' assistant superintendent.

Culp earned $106,110.41 in salary and $41,844 in benefits each year as principal of New Albany Middle School, which has 1,200 students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Greenhill earns $99,500 in salary and $40,446.25 in benefits in his interim role.

The middle school also has two assistant principals: Steve Gehlert and Elizabeth Gonda. Gehlert was one of the principal applicants.

Gallaway said district officials are reviewing resumes, "but there is no list that has been compiled for interviews."