Canal Winchester High School principal Lynn Landis has left the district to become superintendent of the Bloom-Carroll school district in Fairfield County.

Canal Winchester High School principal Lynn Landis has left the district to become superintendent of the Bloom-Carroll school district in Fairfield County.

The Bloom-Carroll Board of Education voted last week to approve a three-year contract with Landis at an annual salary of $104,000. He was scheduled to begin his new job this week, replacing Roger Mace, who resigned from Bloom-Carroll last year to become superintendent of Gallipolis City Schools in Gallia County in southeastern Ohio.

District treasurer Joyce Boyer said Landis' annual salary as high school principal in Canal Winchester was $111,886.

Landis had been principal at Canal Winchester High School for more than eight years. The Canal Winchester Board of Education is scheduled to vote Feb. 13 to confirm high school assistant principal Kirk Henderson as interim principal for the remainder of the school year, Superintendent Kimberley Miller-Smith said.

Henderson's position will be filled by a substitute assistant principal on an as-needed basis while the district evaluates whether to permanently fill the the job, she said.

The district is currently examining how to trim $3 million from its budget over the course of a three-year, 13.38-mill, $5.8-million emergency levy that voters approved in November.

"I know we have parents who are very concerned about the loss of one of the assistant principals, and their concerns are being heard," Miller-Smith said. "However, we are bringing in a substitute assistant principal for a few hours a day to help work with our families and our students.

"I believe firmly we have not compromised the safety or the tight management of the high school with this temporary solution. Student safety and excellent school operation and management will be a priority."

The district has requested the Ohio Department of Education to conduct an updated review of the district's staffing levels, Miller-Smith said. After the district tried unsuccessfully last May to renew a two-year, $6.4-million, 14.78-mill emergency levy that had been approved in May 2009, the school board agreed to cut 50 positions for the current school year, including 28 teaching positions.

"Given the number of teacher, staff and administrative layoffs made over the last few years, we believe it is important to evaluate the balance among our administrative and teaching and non-teaching employees," Miller-Smith said.

The district's reports for the 2010-11 school year indicate Canal Winchester is serving 191.4 students per administrator, compared to 149.9 students per administrator for the state average, 171 students per administrator for the Franklin County average, and 164.4 students per administrator for the Fairfield County average, she said.

"Given the big picture, we are operating more efficiently in terms of number of administrators per pupil than any of our comparable groups," Miller-Smith said. "What we hope to learn from our staffing analysis is what our administrative numbers look like in ratio, compared to certain teacher groups."

District officials hope to make a decision about whether to fill the vacant Canal Winchester High School assistant principal position by the end of March, Miller-Smith said.

"Our possible options for the position will include replacing the position as it is now with a full-time administrator; replacing with another type of position, such as a dean; replacing the position with a part-time administrator; or not replacing the position at all," she said.

Boyer said the salaries for Henderson's interim principal position as well as the substitute assistant principal are still under discussion.