Thursday, July 20, 2000

Little Miami names interim school head

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        MORROW — A man who served as superintendent of two Ohio school districts has been selected to lead Little Miami Schools until the school board can hire a new top administrator.

        Ralph Shell, who is now a part-time transportation coordinator for the Highland County Board of Commissioners, was named interim superintendent Tuesday by the Little Miami Board of Education.

        He replaces Michael C. Virelli, who is retiring July 31 to become director of support services for the Warren County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

        An educator from 1964 through 1998, Mr. Shell will begin his duties Aug. 1.

        In the past he has been superintendent of the Preble County Educational Service Center and Goshen Local Schools in Clermont County, as well as business manager for the Ohio Valley Local Schools in Adams County and an area coordinator for the Ohio Department of Education.

        His appointment was one of three the board made this week as it readies for the September start of school and the opening of the new Little Miami High School.

        Pamela Coats, a 29-year teaching veteran at Butlerville Elementary School, will become the school's principal Aug. 1. She replaces Robert Reagan, who was re assigned to the newly created intermediate school as part of a district reorganization plan.

        The high school will reopen as a junior high and the junior high will become an intermediate school for fifth- and sixth-graders.

        “She's a perfect fit for the building,” Mr. Virelli said of Ms. Coats. “She's an outstanding teacher, has done curriculum development work and is a wonderful people person.”


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