FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Local School District lost one administrator and gained another at its Tuesday board of education meeting.
The board officially accepted the resignation of high school Principal Kim Radulovich, who will finish her second year at Fredericktown at the end of the month. Radulovich said she has loved her time at Fredericktown and thanked the board for the opportunity to work in the district.
The board also approved the employment of Kristy Grimwood, who will join the district as special education and testing coordinator. Grimwood has previously worked as an intervention specialist at the Mid Ohio Education Service Center and Mansfield City Schools.
“I did professional development for teachers and worked with public schools to help manage student behavior,” said Grimwood of her time at the Mid Ohio ESC.
Grimwood, who graduated from Crestview High School, said that Fredericktown’s positive reputation and small town feel attracted her to the district.
“I was excited to come back to a small, tight knit community,” she said. “It’s always been a good district with a good reputation for educating the whole child…I’m looking forward to working with all the students and staff to continue making the progress that they’re making in special education.”
Interim superintendent Tom Shade reported that the district has received numerous responses to postings for both the high school principal position and an opening for either a teacher or librarian to run the district’s library media center. Shade said that there have been six applicants for the library media position and 14 for high school principal. He indicated that he hoped to present final candidates for the board to vote on during its meeting next month.
Shade also extended his appreciation to the district for the warm welcome he’d received during his first month.
“I appreciate very much being welcomed, the support and the help I’ve felt from really all levels,” he said.
Other board business included hiring Christopher Au as the district’s newest high school English teacher. Au graduated from Northmor High School and moved to Columbus before earning his teaching degree.
“It’s really cool to come back to a place that’s familiar to start my career in education,” said Au. “I think too many people leave central Ohio with a rich experience and don’t return to give something back. So I’m hoping to give something back.”
In other business, board member Patti Miller gave a summary of education laws being considered by the Ohio legislature, including House Bill 166, which outlines the state’s two year budget.
“They’re still arguing about that, they’re still adding things,” said Miller. “The thing that has me the most concerned has nothing to with money, it has to do with graduation requirements.”
Miller said that the Ohio legislature may change high school graduation requirements, and that these changes would start with this fall’s incoming freshman class. The legislature is scheduled to pass the budget by July 1.
The board also:
•Approved a donation by the PTO of Chromebooks, valued at $9,498 to the elementary school.
•Authorized special commendations for 26 employees who received service awards recognizing their longtime presence in the district.
•Authorized special commendations for various spring athletes.