The Pickerington Board of Education plans to invite retired longtime district administrator George Vickroy to return, at least for a while.

The Pickerington Board of Education plans to invite retired longtime district administrator George Vickroy to return, at least for a while.

District human resources director Larry Mullins said the board has asked Vickroy to step in as interim principal at Violet Elementary starting Jan. 1.

To satisfy the requirements of the Ohio Revised Code, the board will hold a public hearing on Vickroy's return at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Heritage Elementary School.

Vickroy retired from the district in August 2007 after more than 14 years in Pickerington, most recently as director of student services. He also served as principal at Heritage and Violet elementary schools.

"We are so fortunate to have him come back because he has actually been principal in that building," Mullins said. "He's just a wonderful person and we're so fortunate to have him in that position."

Vickroy will replace current Violet Elementary School principal Kristi Motsch, who has been tapped by the board to lead the new Tollgate Elementary School when it opens in August.

"That will give her time to get organized and handle staffing and all of that," Mullins said.

In addition to Tollgate, the district plans to open Sycamore Creek Elementary and Tollgate Middle schools in August.

The board has named Heritage Elementary School dean of students Sharon Caccimelio to be principal at Sycamore Elementary. Mullins said it is likely the district will hire a substitute to take her place starting Jan. 1.

A principal for the new middle school has not yet been named, he said.

Mullins said it has not yet been determined how many staff members need to be hired to fill positions created by the new schools. District administrators plan to dive into the process in December or January, he said.

"That will be a big task but we'll be working on that," Mullins said.

In other business last week, the board approved several personnel measures, including an adjustment to Fairfield Elementary School reading specialist Melissa Woodward's contract. Woodward is currently filling a position equal to 0.4 of full-time. She has agreed to move to Tussing Elementary school as of Nov. 3 where she will be a full-time reading specialist.

Also, the board approved a one-year support services contract for David Monk as a special education assistant at Harmon Middle School.

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