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Saunders, Keating hired to administrative posts

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The New Albany-Plain Local school board agreed June 9 to hire two new administrators: Sheila Saunders as special-education director and Robin Keating as K-5 assistant principal.

Saunders, a Westerville resident, is the interim director of exceptional-student services for Columbus City Schools.

She received a two-year contract with an annual salary of $105,000. District officials did not provide the value of her benefits package because they said some of it could not yet be calculated.

Saunders will replace Samantha McMasters, who is leaving at the end of July to take a position with the Bexley school district.

Saunders will start July 1.

Twenty-four candidates applied for the position. The two finalists were Saunders and Deborah Swinehart, special services director for the Chillicothe school district, said district spokesman Patrick Gallaway.

Saunders received a bachelor's degree in education from Bowling Green State University, a master's degree in education from the University of Dayton and a master's degree in business management from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

She worked as a supervisor of special education for Columbus City Schools before becoming the interim director of exceptional-student services.

Saunders said she was interested in New Albany-Plain Local's position of special-education director "to broaden my experience and continue to grow in my professional career."

Keating, a New Albany resident, is an assistant principal at Licking Heights Central Middle School.

She received a two-year contract with an annual salary of $83,000. District officials did not provide the value of her benefits package because they said some of it could not yet be calculated.

She will start Aug. 1.

Gallaway said 41 candidates applied for the K-5 assistant principal position. Three finalists were considered: Keating; Kathryn Karacson, a principal at Buckeye Valley East Elementary School; and Ron Fausnaugh, a math intervention teacher at the New Albany 2-5 elementary building.

Keating received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Rio Grande, two master's degrees in school administration from Ashland University and is working on her doctorate in education from Concordia University.

Keating said she was interested in the K-5 assistant principal position to broaden her experiences and is happy to be working in New Albany, where she has lived for 15 years.

"I am looking forward to accepting the new challenge of a leadership role within New Albany Plain-Local Schools," she said. "I intend to develop strong relationships with the entire school community."

Prior to working for Licking Heights, she taught English, language arts and social studies for 10 years in the Heath school district.

The New Albany-Plain Local School District in May posted two elementary administrator positions: one for an elementary dean of students and one for a third elementary-age assistant principal.

The district advertised for a third elementary principal because it is expected in August to open part of the new 2-8 school building.

Jennifer Denny is the district's elementary head of schools and principal of the 2-5 elementary, and Scott Emery is principal of the K-1 elementary.

Denny has been working with two assistant principals: Diana Smith and Steve Lesco, who resigned in May after accepting a principal's position in Washington.

The board moved Andy Roeth, who was serving as the elementary dean of students, into an assistant principal's position, which required a new elementary dean of students.

Gallaway said the district will promote music teacher LeNora Angles to serve as the elementary dean of students.

Angles will not receive a new contract because her position is still considered to be a teaching position, Gallaway said.

She earns $80,698 annually, with the district paying about $29,430 for her in benefits.

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