It's "Welcome back, Stackhouse" at Marysville High School for the 2009-2010 school year.

It's "Welcome back, Stackhouse" at Marysville High School for the 2009-2010 school year.

The new MHS assistant principal is one of two new administrators joining the district, along with Navin Elementary School principal Lynette Lewis.

For Scott Stackhouse, it marks a return to his roots both personally and professionally. He is an MHS graduate (his father, Jerry, was the district's superintendent from 1991-1997) and also began his teaching career in Marysville as a special education teacher and coach at MHS for six years until 2003. He served as teacher and assistant principal in Galion City School from 2003-2008, and has been with Willard City Schools for two years.

"It feels like we've been gone a year even though it's been six," he told ThisWeek. "Like we just skipped a beat, but boy did we grow during that beat."

Stackhouse said he's been greeted by plenty of familiar faces and names. He said there are a lot of faculty and staff members still with the district from when he was last here, citing his familiarity with and confidence in the staff as "one of the reasons I wanted to come back."

He also said he will see some siblings of students he coached or taught, and that "some of the kids I coached are now teaching here."

"I never felt old before, but," he joked.

The high school itself has changed quite a bit in the interim, so Stackhouse has spent some time familiarizing himself with the facility, as well as with the school's Code of Conduct and other policies.

The lion's share of his duties will deal with discipline and intervention, he said, a role which he hopes will see him in the halls as much as in his office.

"That's always been my goal as an administrator," he explained. "I want the kids to see me and know I'm approachable."

"My personality is my personality, whether in the halls, at a game or in the office," he added. "I hope (students) see me as an approachable and honest person."

"I want to do right by every kid, and to have every kid who walks through these halls to feel connected somewhere and feel a part of something."

Lewis comes to Navin from West Elementary School in the Buckeye Valley Local Schools in Delaware County, where she served as principal for four years. Hired in March, she said she's had ample opportunity to get to know school and district staff even though she officially started in July.

"I'm impressed by the staff," she said. "They're student-oriented and want to do what's best for kids. There is a real sense of team."

It's a young staff, she added, which has worked for a few years without a full-time principal in the building.

"Opening a building is kind of the same from year to year, but I really am trying to learn the building's history, and also learning the district's philosophies and programs and initiatives so I can really be of help to the staff," Lewis said.

She added she has met some parents and students over the summer, and is impressed with the sense of family and community.

Excited to start the year, Lewis said the start of school brings both excitement and stability.

"When the kids come, you get back into your routine, everything settles down and you just do what you know how to do," she said.