Although Rose Hill Road Elementary School principal Ted Frissora retired June 30 after 19 years in education, his time serving the Reynoldsburg school district is not over.

Although Rose Hill Road Elementary School principal Ted Frissora retired June 30 after 19 years in education, his time serving the Reynoldsburg school district is not over.

Superintendent Steve Dackin praised Frissora for his successful career, noting Rose Hill Elementary has earned an "excellent" rating from the state.

"In addition to his academic leadership, Ted stands out among his peers in two important areas," Dackin said. "He has cultivated an impressive level of parent involvement at Rose Hill, and his fierce management of building funds has kept Rose Hill on steady ground in the midst of steep cuts to their annual allocations."

Frissora said he wanted to continue to work in some capacity and was approached by Dackin to take on a new job starting Sept. 1 as a liaison between the district, charter schools and the state of Ohio.

"It's to make sure we are following the rules that are set forth by the state of Ohio and that the contracts that Reynoldsburg schools have with the charter and community schools are being followed," Frissora said.

"Then with purchasing, I'll be looking at ways to help the district save money, to cost-contain so we can make sure we're spending our money as wisely as possible."

The job, including salary and official description, will be better defined as contract negotiations are finalized over the summer, he said.

Frissora, 55, was born and raised in Columbus and has spent all of his post-high school career teaching in the Columbus, Gahanna and Reynoldsburg school districts.

After graduating from Northland High School, he attended Ohio State University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in education in 1975.

He spent a year teaching math at McGuffey Junior High School in Columbus. He then took a job with the Ohio Youth Commission, teaching math at C. Arthur Wilson High School for two years, during which he received a masters degree in education from Xavier University in 1978.

He was hired by the Gahanna school district in 1979, where he stayed for 10 years. Frissora taught fifth grade at Lincoln Elementary and was a special education teacher and track and cross country coach at the high school.

He became assistant principal at Reynoldsburg High School in 1989 and was named principal at Rose Hill Elementary two years later.

Frissora said he has always enjoyed being around people and around kids.

"At Northland High School, there were people who influenced me Chuck Dayo, a science teacher and coach who I was always impressed with. I said, 'He seems to have a nice life and enjoys what he does and I wouldn't mind doing that,' and so I did," Frissora said.

"I was impressed with how he conducted himself as an educator. I thought he was a good man and was the kind of guy that would talk to you and not at you," he said.

"I have been fortunate here in Reynoldsburg," Frissora said. "Our community here is very warm and friendly and always willing to help, so it's easy to fit in," he said. "I can't imagine doing any thing else. It's a dream job, a dream place, the kids are great and the people are unbelievable.

"Reynoldsburg is a best-kept secret," he added. "People take care of the kids here, they really do. They're hard-working people and they are nice people.

"I've enjoyed the great 21 years working here and I'm not ready to just completely walk away from it, and maybe this will be a segue into something else down the road," Frissora said.

He said he is looking forward to the challenge of being a liaison.

"Right now it seems like it's a neat, challenging opportunity to do something different and I'm going to give it a shot. I still feel like I have something to add to the district."

District spokesperson Tricia Moore said a nationwide search will be conducted to find a new principal for Rose Hill Elementary School. The job is currently posted on the Ohio Department of Education's website, she said.

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