Even as this school year winds down, the Reynoldsburg Board of Education is preparing for next year by hiring three new administrators.
The board approved hiring Melissa Drury, Jocelyn Cosgrave and Christopher Shaffer at its May 20 meeting. All three received one-year contracts and will begin their new jobs Aug. 1.
Drury will replace Dee Martindale as principal at Summit Road STEM Elementary School; Cosgrave will replace Katy Myers as principal at Encore Academy and Shaffer will replace Marcy Raymond as executive director of academies.
Drury's annual salary will be $83,000. According to district Human Resources Manager Bryan Buoni, she will be offered a benefits package of about $125,000.
Cosgrave's annual salary will be $86,000. She will be offered a benefits package worth about $130,000.
Shaffer's annual salary will be $99,900 and he will be offered a benefits package of about $117,000.
Drury has been a teacher instructional coach in Reynoldsburg schools since 2001 and STEM development leader at Waggoner Road and Hannah Ashton middle schools and at Summit Road Elementary School.
Her most recent position was instructional coach/administrative support at Summit, so she will be a familiar face at the elementary school.
"When Dee Martindale was named principal, she approached me about coming with her to Summit to be her instructional coach and help with some additional administrative tasks," Drury said.
When Summit opened in 2010, Drury worked with teachers to design problem-based units and continued to work as an instructional coach for teachers while also taking on multiple reading-intervention classes.
She has been an educator for 19 years, beginning her career in Bowling Green City Schools, then teaching at Blacklick Elementary School in Gahanna before coming to Reynoldsburg.
"When Dee announced she was leaving, I realized how important it was to make sure our building recruited a leader who understood our story and was interested in continuing our work," she said. "The more I thought about this, the more I wanted to be that person."
Drury said she is vested as both a teacher and a parent in helping build the school's success.
"We provide opportunities for kids to engage in design thinking, starting in kindergarten, and build upon that knowledge as they progress to other grade levels," she said. "Our students have opportunities to engage in different learning environments, including the classroom, our wetlands, our innovation station and even out in the community."
Cosgrave has been principal-director of MV New Tech Academy and ZMS New Tech Academy at Zanesville City Schools since 2012.
Before that, she worked in Reynoldsburg as a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Hannah Ashton Middle School for seven years.
She is also a content facilitator and lead content expert at the Ohio Department of Education, facilitating meetings for central Ohio teachers to provide feedback on the new social studies content standards.
Cosgrave called the Reynoldsburg district "one of the most impressive districts in the state of Ohio."
"Encore specifically interested me because I have a background in the arts and a true love of the arts," she said. "I want to be sure that students get to experience a rigorous, arts-embedded academic path to life after high school."
Her goals as principal include making sure every student at Encore "has a Plan A, B and C, for college and/or careers and knows what it takes to fulfill each plan."
"My second goal is to build community partnerships that have a positive and lasting impact on both the students and the partners and that allow our students to navigate the real world, with the support of their teachers and administrators," she said. "My third goal is to build a school community based on trust and respect."
Cosgrave earned her doctorate degree in classroom teaching and instructional leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Shaffer earned a doctorate degree in educational policy and leadership from Ohio State University. He currently is an educational consultant for Springfield City Schools. He has held positions as campus director and principal at Springfield High School and at Whetstone and Alum Crest high schools in the Columbus City Schools district.
Shaffer was a Fulbright Scholar in 2006 in Cordoba, Argentina; was on the Governor's Committee on Creativity and Innovation in 2009 and attended the World Conference in 2011 in Singapore as the U.S. International Baccalaureate representative.
Shaffer said Reynoldsburg City Schools "has a rich history of supporting cutting-edge, innovative practices in education."
"The high school academies were thoughtfully planned and implemented and they offer students great choice in their education," he said. "I want to be part of a district with the innovative drive and spirit that meets the challenges of 21st-century education head-on."
He said his goals as director of academies include making sure the district's tradition of innovative practices "flourishes across the entire learning community."
"Maintaining a strong foundation in teaching and learning helps make this happen, so we will keep a sharp focus on the craft of teaching and lead the way there, too," he said. "Being a part of a team that has already developed amazing partnership opportunities for students is an honor and I hope to add to that and help the team expand opportunities as programs continue to grow."