FREDERICKTOWN — The board of education at Fredericktown Local Schools announced at its meeting Monday that it had hired a new high school principal at its special meeting on June 27.
The hire was a last minute addition to what was supposed to be a routine budget meeting to wrap up the fiscal year.
“We only knew about it three, maybe four days beforehand,” board members said at during a regular meeting Monday night.
Brent Garee will take the place of former high school principal Kim Radulovich, who accepted a position with Bucyrus City Schools last month. Garee has worked for seven years as the assistant director of Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools. Before that, he spent 15 years as an English teacher at Watkins Memorial High School, Northridge High School and Danville High School.
“I applied to Fredericktown because I wanted to come back “home.” I grew up and live in northern Licking County, and I started my teaching career as an English teacher at Danville High School. I love small town communities where everyone is there to support each other,” Garee said via email.
As principal, Garee hopes to create a supportive environment for staff and students so that the school will continue to thrive.
“I plan on working with the staff to keep up the impressive progress they’ve made over the past few years,” said Garee. “The staff has worked hard to improve student learning, and I want to serve beside them in their effort to keep that momentum going.
Garee’s focus on progress and student learning was one of the main factors that made him right for the job.
“He came highly recommended,” said Tom Shade, the district’s interim superintendent. “He does a lot with professional development and using data to help the staff get better and inform instruction. We’re pleased he’s going to be joining us.”
More than twenty candidates applied for the job.
Board president Jim Blanchard said that the district has also seen encouraging interest in the superintendent position. The application window ended Monday and the district received a total of 38 applications.
“It’s an unusually large pool,” said Cheryl Ryan, a representative from the Ohio School Board Association assigned to help Fredericktown with its superintendent search.
Blanchard was excited about the number of applications submitted to the board.
“For a district this size, I think that’s phenomenal,” he said. “I think it speaks volumes for Fredericktown, that this is a place people want to come to.”
Shade told the board that the only vacant position remaining for the 2019-20 school year is for a middle school language arts teacher. Stacie Meyers left the position last month to become the district’s new librarian.
Shade said that he had three applicants as of Monday evening.
District treasurer Heather Darnold gave a brief overview of the district’s financial standing at the close of the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which ended June 30.
“We ended very well,” she told board members. Revenues exceeded expenditures by approximately $847,000.
In other business, Patty Miller was chosen as the delegate for the Ohio School Board Association conference. Candi Gallagher was chosen to be the alternate.
The board also approved the resignation of kindergarten teacher Lydia Moore and approved the hiring of third grade teacher Sierra Blase.
The meeting ended with an executive session to discuss the superintendent search. No action was taken.
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