Sunday, October 12, 2003

Sellman principal dies while playing football

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MADEIRA - Parents, co-workers, students and district officials Saturday were mourning the death of Sellman Middle School Principal Roger Slagle.

Slagle, believed to be 34, of Fort Mitchell, collapsed Saturday morning while playing football with friends. He suffered an apparent heart attack, according to Madeira City Schools superintendent Steve Kramer.

A prayer vigil was held Saturday night at Fort Mitchell Baptist Church, on Dixie Highway, where Slagle was a member, Kramer said.

"He was a tremendous young man," said Kramer. "He was a tremendous administrator and had great rapport with his staff and his students."

Slagle was named principal of Sellman three years ago after serving as an assistant principal at Madeira High School.

Madeira City Schools serve about 1,500 students - 350 at Sellman.

Slagle had been with the district for at least 10 years and had taught at all three of its schools, Kramer said.

He was the father of two daughters, ages 7 and 5. His wife, Heather, is pregnant with the couple's third child, Kramer said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


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