The Worthington Board of Education recently approved the hiring of a business-services director and the retiring and rehiring of Granby Elementary School principal Patti Schlaegel.

The Worthington Board of Education recently approved the hiring of a business-services director and the retiring and rehiring of Granby Elementary School principal Patti Schlaegel.

School board members on April 13 voted unanimously to hire Jeffrey Eble as the director of business services at an annual salary of $112,960. His first day will be Aug. 1.

Schlaegel was rehired at her current salary of $91,896 per year.

Both will receive benefit packages, which, treasurer Jeff McCuen said, is the same for every administrator.

The board pays for the employee portion of retirement, which equals 12 percent of salary, and provides health and dental insurance, paying 86 percent of the premium, McCuen said.

"The actual cost varies significantly depending on the health-insurance choice of single or family," he said.

McCuen said no savings is associated with Schlaegel's retire/rehire because she was hired at the same salary. In the past, the district has asked longtime principals or employees to return after retirement temporarily at salaries reduced by 10 percent.

Board president Julie Keegan said the benefit to rehiring Schlaegel is consistency. She began as principal at Granby in 2012.

"We believe she is doing an excellent job at Granby and that it would be in the best interest of the school to maintain the continuity of her leadership," Keegan said. "In her case, there are not the cost savings that might be found with a long-term administrator who would likely be brought back at a lower salary.

"Patti is already so low on the administrator salary scale that she was offered the same salary to return," she said.

Schlaegel taught for Worthington schools from 1988 to 2011 and served one school year as an instructional coach.

Keegan said Eble would not replace Tim Gehring, the district's facilities manager.

"Jeff will actually be handling many of the duties previously managed by George Joseph (former assistant superintendent)," she said. "He will be Tim's supervisor and will also be working closely with Jeff McCuen. We are excited about the expertise and depth of knowledge he will be bringing to the district that will be enormously valuable in executing business decisions."

Randy Banks, director of human resources, said Eble brings more than 25 years of experience as a business manager in the Medina, Dublin and Maple Heights school districts.

"He's a two-time winner of the Foundation for the School Business Managements' Ohio Business Manager of the Year award," Banks said. "He has managed numerous large construction projects and will greatly assist us in accessing our facility needs in the future."

Keegan said hiring a business-services director is part of the reorganization of administrators by Assistant Superintendent Trent Bowers, who will become superintendent July 1.

Superintendent Thomas Tucker will leave June 30 to become superintendent of Princeton City Schools.

In the reorganization, Banks moves from director of human resources to assistant superintendent; Jennifer Wene moves from director of academic achievement to chief academic officer; Shirley Hamilton moves from director of pupil services to director of special education; and Jeff Maddox moves from director of innovation and school support to director of certified personnel.

Additionally, Adam Schirg moves from assistant principal at McCord Middle School to principal at Phoenix and Worthington academies.

Two newly created positions are director of elementary education and director of secondary education, to be held by two people hired last month, Patrick Callaghan and Neil Gupta, respectively.

Rob Messenheimer, assistant principal at New Albany Middle School, was hired last month as principal of Worthington Estates Elementary School.

The next Worthington school board meeting is at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at the Worthington Education Center, 200 E. Wilson Bridge Road.