Saturday, July 22, 2000

New faces in Butler schools

Districts fill administrative openings for next academic year

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        Returning students to several Butler County schools will find new principals when school begins next month.

        School boards and superintendents across the county have been interviewing candidates to fill spots in preparation for the 2000-01 school year.

        In the Lakota Schools, new assistant principals will greet children at Hopewell Junior, Hopewell Elementary and Shawnee Elementary schools. Talawanda Schools will get a new principal at Kramer Elementary and an assistant at the high school. And at the D. Russel Lee Career/Technology Center the new principal started work this month.


  • The new administrators in the Lakota Schools:

            Hopewell Junior: Daniel Weckstein, a language arts teacher at Kings Junior High School. He will earn $57,519 annually. While at Kings, Mr. Weckstein developed and implemented a mentoring program for at-risk students, created an educational Web site and was chairman of a North Central Accreditation committee. He holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and a master's degree from Xavier University.

            Hopewell Elementary: James Bodden, a physical education teacher at Hopewell who had temporarily been filling the position since January. He will earn $53,756 annually. In his interim position, Mr. Bodden assisted with classroom discipline, worked with scheduling and administered proficiency and achievement tests. He holds a bachelor's degree from Miami University and a master's degree from Wright State University.

            Shawnee Elementary: Amy Burns, a fourth-grade teacher at Shawnee. She will earn $53,756 annually. During her tenure, Ms. Burns was a member of Shawnee's building crisis team, helped write grants and was a professional development facilitator. She earned a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and a master's from Xavier.

            „New administrators in the Talawanda Schools are:

            Kramer Elementary: Candace McIntosh, a building resource teacher in the Dayton Public Schools, replaces Mary Jane Roberts, who accepted a position in the Milton Union School District. She will earn $57,000 annually. Prior to becoming a resource teacher, Ms. McIntosh taught kindergarten for eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton and a master's from Miami.

            Talawanda High School: Randy Gebhardt, a former health and physical education teacher at Norwood High and Kings High School, replaces Robert Reynolds, who accepted a similar position at Fairfield Senior High School. He will earn $55,000 annually. Mr. Gebhardt spent a year as vice president of opera tions for GCI Press, a company that specializes in fitness equipment, training and book promotion. During that time he traveled as a personal trainer to rock 'n' roll performer John Mellencamp. A former college football player, Mr. Gebhardt holds a bachelor's degree from Miami and this fall will complete his master's at Dayton.

            „Former Springboro Junior High School Principal James Thompson is the new principal at the D. Russel Lee Career/Technology Center. He will earn $71,000 annually. Before joining the Springboro Schools four years ago, Mr. Thompson worked as an assistant principal and athletic director for the Middletown City Schools. There, he also served as the school-to-work transition specialist and was assistant principal at Manchester Technical Center. He holds a bachelor's degree from Denison University and master's degrees from Ashland College and Dayton.


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