Thursday, August 24, 2000

Elementary school, high school have new administrators

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Dunlavy Elementary School and Lebanon High School will have two new administrators at the start of the year.

        Cheryl Thompson, who was the assistant principal at the high school for three years, will be Dunlavy's new principal.

        She replaces Ken Wil liams, who left to become director of education services at Springboro Community Schools.

        Jana Lewis will serve as an assistant high school principal. She fills a position vacated by Kim Hobby, who left to become Springboro Junior High principal.

        Ms. Thompson said she is fulfilling a dream by taking the new position.

        “I have had a burning desire to go into elementary education for a while,” she said. Her mother is a retired fourth-grade teacher and her brother was an elementary school principal.

        Ms. Thompson said a big focus for the start of the year will be on literacy. Assistance for that initiative will come from an 18-month, $734,000 Reading Excel lence Act Grant.

        The grant will allow the district to hire a literacy coordinator, offer four all-day kindergarten sections to select children, run a summer school program next year, buy materials, add reading teachers, part-time speech/language instruction and provide literacy training to teachers.

        Ms. Thompson also said the school staff will be meeting by grade level to facilitate organization and communication.

        The new principal said parents will receive a newsletter from her this week, and she encourages parents to stop by to meet her.

        Ms. Lewis comes from Hamilton High School, where she taught both English and public speaking for six years and from where she graduated in 1989.

        She holds a master's degree in educational leadership from Miami University.

        Ms. Lewis said her first task will be to acquaint herself with Lebanon.

        “I really want to reach out to the community,” she said. “I think it's very important to communicate and keep our doors open.”


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