WOOSTER It’s not yet time to make nameplates in the Wooster City School District, where Wooster administrators are part of a job change reshuffle. One of the many vacancies could be filled on Tuesday evening, pending board approval.
1. John Deuber could become the acting principal of Wooster High School for the 2021-22 school year if the board approves the recommendation of Wooster’s new superintendent, Gabe Tudor.
About 20 candidates applied for the job and five were selected as finalists for interviews, but one dropped out of the race, Tudor said. He explained why none have been proposed as the next principal after a series of interviews with himself, 10 high school staff and the director of secondary education, Richard Leone, who will be leaving the district to become the principal. of Perry High School for the school year 2021022..
“We didn’t feel like we had a candidate ready to be recommended as a high school principal,” Tudor said. “There were some good candidates, but we didn’t feel like we were in good shape yet.
The new superintendent had hoped for a larger pool of candidates for the post of high school principal
Tudor said he had hoped for a larger pool of applicants and did not feel ready to commit without being “100% sure”.
Committee members also did not push for a particular candidate.
Tudor stressed that the decision to offer an acting position to a retired educator did not negatively reflect the quality of the applicants, but rather was the result of “coming out of a pandemic.” It was a difficult year ”.
Having worked in the district for just seven days on Thursday, Tudor said he wanted to “make sure I know exactly what Wooster High School needs to move forward.”
Deuber is retired from the Highland Local School District in Medina and has served as a middle school principal and high school athletic director. He is completing a year as a deputy principal of a high school in North Royalton.
Tudor pointed out that in a year some of the candidates could possibly apply again.
Tudor wants to be 100% committed to choice.
“I like the idea of an experienced one-year interim manager,” he said.
Edgewood main post is open again
2. The post of Principal of Edgewood Middle School is reopened following the resignation of Brad Warner. Tudor said former Wooster high school principal Tyler Keener and outgoing Wooster superintendent Michael Tefs had decided that Keener would take on the college role “just for a change of scenery” for Keener, who had been principal of the school. high school for 10 years. However, on Tuesday evening, Keener resigned to take a position with the Region 9 State Support Team, a collaborative organization designed to ensure a high-quality education for every child, in Stark County.
With the departure of Leone and Arbogast, some restructuring will take place
3. With vacancies in the post of director of secondary education, formerly occupied by Leone; and director of elementary education, owned by Karen Arbogast, some restructuring will take place, Tudor said. The post of director of secondary education was given additional responsibilities and was appointed deputy director. The person chosen for the post of Director of Elementary Education will focus on Kindergarten to Grade 4.
Tudor recognized significant changes across the district, but said change can be good and pledged to “put good people” into positions where the district has lost people who had done a good job.
Added to the list of staff changes are the recent resignations of Treasurer Bonnie Weltlich West, who is replaced by Amy Welty; former principal of Melrose Elementary School, Kaylee Harrell, replaced by Kevin Wolf; and Tefs, replaced by Tudor.
The next board meeting will be Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Wooster City School District YouTube channel.