Tuesday, June 06, 2000

New school district has its leader

Elam to pilot Monroe

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        MONROE - Arnol Elam knows the inside of a four-seat Cessna 172 airplane almost as well as he knows the inside of a classroom.

             But for the next several months, the licensed pilot plans to spend little time in the air and a lot of time in Monroe's classrooms. Mr. Elam, 48, was officially hired Monday as the first superintendent of the Monroe Local Schools, which will become Ohio's 612th school district July 1.

        He received a three-year contract that begins Aug. 1 and will earn $90,000 annually. Mr. Elam will leave his post as Reading Schools' assistant superintendent on June 30, but beginning today, he will work as a consultant for Monroe with interim Superintendent Dan Hare until his contract begins.

        “My No. 1 priority is getting ready for schools to begin,” said Mr. Elam, a Madison High School graduate and Fairfield resident.

        Establishing a district doesn't daunt Mr. Elam, he said. He's looking forward to taking the ideas and recommendations of Monroe's several citizen committees and working with them.

        One of the first tasks is to set a calendar for the 2000-01 school year. Once school begins, Mr. Elam plans on holding superintendent forums to keep in touch with parents, community members, church and civic leaders and business owners.

        “One of my priorities is to be visible. I don't know where the offices will be yet but, almost daily, I plan to be in the schools,” he said.


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