Like a game of musical chairs, administrator positions are shuffling in Upper Arlington schools, as assistant principals become principals and principals move to take posts at other buildings or in the central office.
Upper Arlington Board of Education members approved two-year contracts June 10 for Andrew Theado, Carla Wilson and Brett Gambill.
Theado and Wilson are assistant principals at Upper Arlington High School and Barrington Elementary, respectively, and will become principals at those schools by July 1.
Theado replaces Ryan McClure, who served as principal at the high school for one year. McClure is leaving to take a job with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio. He replaced Emilie Greenwald, who left her post last year to become the district's chief academic officer.
Theado's annual base salary will be $120,000, or $151,200 with benefits, according to district Treasurer Andy Geistfeld.
Wilson replaces Jason Fine, who is moving to Jones Middle School to replace Principal Shelly Hughes, who is leaving the district.
Wilson's base salary will be $96,000, or $122,997 including benefits.
Comments from Theado and Wilson were published in the June 5 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.
Students at Tremont Elementary will also greet a new principal this fall, as Gambill takes over for Tom Bates, who was recently named district director of elementary learning.
Superintendent Paul Imhoff said Gambill currently serves as principal of Hawthorne Elementary School in Westerville.
"Brett is a strong and experienced leader with a clear record of focusing on the needs of students," Imhoff said.
Gambill's annual salary under a two-year contract that begins Aug. 1 will be $98,000, or $111,171 with benefits.
Prior to becoming principal at Hawthorne, Gambill served as assistant principal, interim principal and instructional coach in Westerville.
He earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education from Miami University (Ohio). He has a master's degree in educational administration from Ashland University.
Gambill said he was attracted to Upper Arlington's "tradition of academic excellence."
"After getting to know some of the people in Upper Arlington, it became very clear that everyone here is engaged in the school community and dedicated to the success of all students," he said. "I can't wait to become a part of this community and work with so many wonderful people."
He said Tremont's staff and administrators have already reached out to him through phone calls and emails. He will also attend internal professional development training for administrators and an administrative retreat this summer.
"In July, I'll be starting a little early, getting myself settled in at Tremont and making myself available to the staff for casual conversation," he said. "Several staff members have already contacted me with greetings and have been incredibly hospitable already."
Gambill said he looks forward to greeting students in the fall, "participating with them in their lessons, hanging out with them during lunch and recess and seeing them off at the end of the day."
His goals for the new school year include "building rapport with students, staff and community."
"I also need to learn what the vision is for Tremont," he said. "What do stakeholders see as Tremont's strengths and needs? In the coming years, we will work collaboratively to build upon those strengths and continue to grow and improve as a learning community to make all students as successful as possible."
New modular space
In other business June 10, the board approved the installation of a modular classroom unit at Tremont, at an estimated cost of $50,000.
Chris Potts, executive director of business, said the unit will serve as a bookroom and teacher copy center so the current copy center can be used as classroom space. He said the modular unit will not house any student classes.
He said enrollment at Tremont was about 590 students this past school year and is expected to reach at least 600 students this fall.