The Grandview Heights City School District has added an administrator to its staff.
Shawn Hinkle begins Aug. 1 as the district's assistant principal for grades 6-12.
"This position is essentially a repurposing of another position we had in the past," said high school Principal Ken Chaffin.
Hinkle will work with Chaffin and Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School Principal Tracie Lees.
Tony Thivener, whose duties included teaching the high school's freshman seminar class, retired at the end of last school year. Biology teacher Jeremy Rummer will add the course to his duties.
The district didn't fill Thivener's position, thereby allowing for the creation of the assistant principal position, Chaffin said.
One of the main advantages of having an assistant principal on board relates to the evaluation of teachers, he said.
Changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System have made the process of evaluating teachers more time-consuming and comprehensive for administrators, Chaffin said.
"It's become much more than just observing a teacher in the classroom and monitoring student growth," he said.
Those elements still are involved, but administrators also now are required to meet with teachers before and after the observation period, during both the first and second semesters of school, Chaffin said.
"That's a good thing," he said. "It allows for more two-way communication and collaboration between the evaluator and each individual teacher. It's less of a shallow-dive evaluation process than it used to be.
"That increased interaction helps improve the instruction we're able to provide our students," Chaffin said.
It's also much more time-intensive, he said.
Chaffin said it was taking three to four times longer to complete teacher evaluations at the high school with the enhanced system in place than before.
Hinkle also will assist in student discipline and the implementation of the schools' Multitiered System of Support process.
"Our MTSS process is a multitiered approach to supporting our students and making sure each student is supported in the best way that meets their individual needs and personalizes their education," Chaffin said.
"Shawn is a very student-centered guy, and his approach matches up really well with our approach to education," he said. "He's demonstrated that through his leadership and in the classroom."
Hinkle, 47, previously served 15 years as a middle school history and English teacher at Canal Winchester Middle School.
"Education is actually my second career," he said. "I originally worked in the health-care industry and once managed a health-care facility (Scioto Valley Physical Therapy) in Grandview at one time."
His experience serving as a youth pastor and coach led Hinkle to realize how much he enjoyed working with students.
"It's the relationship you build with students and the impact you can have on their lives -- that's what ultimately drew me to want to be a teacher," he said.
"I'm really excited about going into my first administrative position, but at the same time, I'm going to miss teaching," Hinkle said. "I expect there will be a little period of adjustment to not being in the classroom on a day-to-day basis."
In addition to teaching in Canal Winchester, Hinkle also served as head football coach at both Canal Winchester and Northridge high schools.
"It's really an honor to be coming to Grandview," he said. "This district has such an outstanding reputation in education. It's a place any educator would want to be."
In April, the school board approved Hinkle's hiring. He was given a two-year contract running through July 31, 2019, with a salary of $78,000. He also will be entitled to the same group health and medical insurance and life insurance as other administrators in the district.