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Callaghan assistant superintendent for curriculum

He replaces John Kellogg, who was hired as the superintendent of Westerville City Schools


The South-Western Board of Education unanimously approved hiring three people to fill administrative positions within the district, but two of the appointees are familiar faces.

The board approved appointing Patrick Callaghan as the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum.

Callaghan currently serves as the district's executive director for elementary education.

He will begin his new post Aug. 1, replacing John Kellogg who will become superintendent of Westerville schools in July.

Drenda Kemp, principal at Stiles Elementary, will become the district's new coordinator of special education and early childhood programming effective July 18.

The position has been filled on an interim basis since the previous coordinator, Linda Bokros, retired at the end of January.

The third appointee approved by the board is David Stewart, who will become deputy superintendent Aug. 1 replacing Phil Warner. Warner is resigning from the position effective June 4.

Stewart has served as a high school principal the past eight years in Hilliard, including his current stint at Hilliard Bradley High School.

Building projects

In other business, the board approved four resolutions relating to the planned renovation projects at Buckeye Woods and Darby Woods elementary schools.

The board approved contracting with Schorr Architects to provide design services for the renovation projects.

The district's contract with Schorr is for $595,000, based on the estimated construction cost of $8.6 million.

The other resolutions were to authorize the district to advertise and invite bids for electrical, HVAC and roofing services related to the renovation projects.

The renovations at Buckeye Woods and Darby Woods planned for this summer include the replacement of roofs, repair of gutters and downspouts, installation of new generators and the replacement of all windows, exterior doors and electrical door controls. The earthen berms at the building perimeters also will be removed and new brick installed in their place.

Other summer work at the schools will include replacing the fire alarm system; installing new paving, aprons and sidewalks and replacing security systems with about 45 closed circuit television cameras per building, he said.

A new air conditioning chiller will be installed at Buckeye Woods and a new area for parents to drop and pick up their children will be created at Darby Woods, so that buses and cars will be in separate locations, he said.

Summer 2014 projects will include installing new technology and the partial or full replacement of flooring, casework, painting and kitchen at the schools and replacing the controls at Buckeye Woods.