The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 20, 2013

Buckeye Local School District does administration shuffle

By CARL E. FEATHER - cfeather@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — A reshuffling of administrators in the Buckeye Local School District will result in a familiar face returning to Edgewood High School next year.

Jerry Mlack, who retired from the district as assistant principal in July 2011, will return to that position under a contract with the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center (ESC). Mlack will replace Nick Orlando, who was principal at Kingsville Elementary School prior to taking the job at Edgewood.

Superintendent Joseph Spiccia said Orlando will fill two administrative roles in the district next year. He will serve as the technology supervisor and serve as middle school assistant principal.

That role is currently assigned to Steve Kray, who also serves as the district’s athletic director. Spiccia said Kray will move to full-time athletic director next year.

Meanwhile, the district next week will begin reviewing the 25 applications for the job of principal at Ridgeview Elementary School. Mary Balmford plans to retire from that position at the end of this school year.

Spiccia said the position of curriculum/technical supervisor was affected by a funding change through the ESC. Spiccia plans to take on the duties of the curriculum coordinator so the shuffling of administrative positions will not require additional spending for personnel.

He said bringing Mlack back to Edgewood also will free up Principal Karl Williamson to focus on curriculum restructuring at the high school. The school is gearing up for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) focus and career readiness.

“Jerry will assume the day-to-day student management duties and Karl will be focussed on instructional leadership,” Spiccia said.

Spiccia came into the district after Mlack had retired, and the two recently met to discuss Mlack’s return to the assistant’s position. Mlack had served the district 19 years prior to his retirement.

“He impressed the living daylights out of me,” Spiccia said.

The elimination of the technology/curriculum supervisor position negatively affects Alleen Santee, who now holds that position.

“At this time, we do not have a position for her,” Spiccia said. He said she is seeking administration or classroom opportunities both inside and beyond the district.