The Canal Winchester Board of Education hired a treasurer, athletic director/coordinator of student activities, a principal and an assistant principal at its April 18 meeting.

The Canal Winchester Board of Education hired a treasurer, athletic director/coordinator of student activities, a principal and an assistant principal at its April 18 meeting.

Nicholas Roberts, who has been now treasurer of the Licking Heights Local School District since 2014, will be Canal Winchester's new treasurer, succeeding Joyce Boyer, who will retire Aug. 1.

Roberts received a three-year contract, effective Aug. 1, that pays him an annual base salary of $107,161. He will also be paid a consulting fee of $412 a day for up to 10 days during a transition period.

Before he was hired as the Licking Heights treasurer in 2014, Roberts served as the chief financial officer/treasurer for the Logan Elm Local School District in Circleville for two years, as a financial auditor for the Ohio Auditor's Office for four years and as a sales/project representative for Masco in Taylor, Mich., for five years.

He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Devry University.

Board President Michael Yonnotti said several excellent candidates sought the job in Canal Winchester, but Roberts stood out.

"He was just a step above the rest," Yonnotti said. "His presentation about the annual budget and the five-year forecast showed a real knowledge of the state laws and our district. We just felt this was the proper choice for us."

Roberts said he has some really "big shoes to fill" when it comes to following Boyer.

"I would like to thank the board for hiring me as the next treasurer," he said. "You've had an outstanding treasurer for 24 years and to be picked as the treasurer out of 14 very highly qualified people is very humbling. I am very excited to start, thank you."

Other new hires include Patrick Durbin, a battalion commander for the lst Battalion, 137th Aviation Regiment in Columbus for the past two years, as the district's athletic director/coordinator of student activities. He replaces Kent Riggs, who retired once from the district and is taking a basketball coaching position with Lancaster High School.

Durbin's two-year contract, effective Aug. 1, gives him a base annual salary of $83,581. He will also be paid $321.47 a day for up to 15 days as he makes the transition to the job.

In addition to serving in his current role, the Bronze Star recipient was a logistics management officer for the joint force headquarters in Columbus for a year, director of strategic planning for the headquarters for three years and director of training and operations for two years at the battalion.

Durbin earned a master's degree in communication from Fort Hayes State University and a bachelor's degree in organizational communication from the University of Akron.

Superintendent Jim Sotlar said Durbin "brings a unique, different approach" to the job.

"He brings a ton of leadership skills and ability," Sotlar said. "I think he is an out-of-the-box thinker that can just help us move forward from the athletic department to our organization as a whole, so I think he will be an asset to the district."

Durbin said he is looking forward to this new opportunity with the school system.

"I truly appreciate it and I look forward to being a part of the Canal Winchester team and, quite frankly, the Canal Winchester family, so thank you for the opportunity," he told the board. "I'm looking forward to ... not only meeting, but exceeding expectations."

In other action, the board approved the resignation of middle school Principal Patricia Kuhn-Morgan and Indian Trail Elementary Principal Asia Armstrong.

Kuhn-Morgan will be replaced by Kelly Zywczyk, principal of Winchester Trail Elementary.

Zywczyk was given a two-year contract with a base salary of $92,250, effective Aug. 1, 2016.

"Kelly has been with us for over four years now," Sotlar said. "She is an outstanding person. She will provide high quality leadership to not only the middle school staff, but continue on the leadership team."

The board approved the hiring of Corey Fries as Winchester Trail assistant principal.

Fries, who has more than 17 years of teaching experience in the district and currently serves as an instructional coach at Indian Trail, was given a two-year contract with a base salary of $83,581 annually.

"She brings high energy, great ideas, high standards and expectations for herself and others," Sotlar said.