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Veteran schools security coordinator steps down

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The New Albany-Plain Local school board on July 14 accepted the resignation of Richard "Dick" Fisher, the district's campus coordinator of safety and security.

Fisher, 71, started as a volunteer in the district in 1988, coaching sports part time and training middle school athletes, said Michael Sawyers, the district's chief of operations and strategic development.

Fisher became a paid employee in 1990. He worked as a football coach and middle school athletics director before changing to security in 1996.

Fisher said he is pleased to have worked at the schools with the staff, administration and parents. He said it was great to get to know all the students he's worked with in the last 26 years.

Board members congratulated him and wished him well.

Fisher is a native of Columbus who graduated from West High School.

He said he moved to New Albany in 1984 and worked as fire chief for 27 years and as a part-time police officer for 25 years. He also served on New Albany City Council for five years and as a Plain Township trustee for four years.

Fisher said his last day with New Albany-Plain Local was June 3 and he's been offered a job working security at Hayes High School in Delaware.

Fisher will join principal Ric Stranges and assistant principal Rex Reeder in Delaware. Stranges and Reeder held the same positions at New Albany High School until they resigned in August 2013.

Fisher is not the only district employee moving on or moving into a new role.

Adonis Bolden, who was interim assistant high school principal last school year, resigned this summer and is expected to be hired as an assistant principal at Dempsey Middle School in the Delaware school district, said Marilyn Troyer, New Albany-Plain Local's chief of innovation, improvement and human capital.

To replace him, the school board on July 14 approved a two-year contract for high school dean of students Kristy Venne to become assistant principal.

Venne will earn an annual salary of $87,621. The district will pay $27,234.26 for her pension, Medicare and workers' compensation contributions and $16.709.52 in other benefits for her.

Venne was hired in 2003 as an art teacher.

The board also agreed to hire Todd Keenan to serve as the high school dean of students at an annual salary of $78,660.

The district will pay $12,555.63 for Keenan's pension, Medicare and workers' compensation contributions. The value of his health-care benefits package had not been calculated.

Keenan was a teacher and coach at Gahanna Lincoln High School, Troyer said.

The board also approved a two-year contract for Jaclyn Zeibler to serve as the assistant special-education director for preschool to fifth grade.

Zeibler will earn an annual salary of $87,621. The district will pay $27,234.25 for her pension, Medicare and workers' compensation contributions and $6,353.84 for her health-care benefits.

Troyer said Zeibler was working in Columbus City Schools.

Finally, the board approved a contract with Robyn Davison, a high school guidance secretary last school year, to serve as the new kindergarten to 12th grade registrar.

Davison will work at the new high school entrance near the gymnasium and the high school parking lot.

Davison will earn $44,761.60 annually.

The district will pay $7,144.79 for Davison's pension, Medicare and workers' compensation contributions. Her health-care benefits package had not been calculated.

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