Friday, April 09, 1999

Oak Hills schools restructuring




BY BERNIE MIXON
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — A fifth- and sixth-grade teacher from the Little Miami School district was hired this week to become assistant principal at Bridgetown Middle and Oakdale Elementary schools.

        The hiring of Greg Finke by the Oak Hills School Board is the latest in a series of administration changes fueled by a districtwide transition.

        In preparation for the 1999-2000 year, the district will restructure grades in the elementaries, move to a middle school concept — including opening Rapid Run Middle School — and expand grades at the high school.

        And that will mean the district will have to fill some positions.

        “It will be a larger hiring year, partially because of the transition,” said Sharon Wood, personnel director for the district.

        Now, the district's five elementaries house students in kindergarten through sixth grade; two junior high schools have students in grades seven through nine; and grades 10 through 12 are at the high school.

        In the fall, sixth-graders will be shifted to the junior highs — which will become middle schools — and ninth-graders will go to Oak Hills High School.

        The changes should take place just as Rapid Run Middle School and an addition to Oak Hills High School are finished.

        As a result, the following administrative changes will be made:

        • Mark Murzynowski, assistant principal at Delhi Middle School, will be the new principal at Bridgetown Middle. He will replace David Upchurch, who will become principal at Rapid Run Middle School.

        • Robert Sehlhorst, assistant principal at Bridgetown, will move to the assistant position at Delhi Middle and Delshire Elementary schools.

        • John Ruehlman, district manager of special projects, will become assistant principal at Rapid Run and J.F. Dulles Elementary.

        • David Vannasdall, counselor at Delhi Middle, will be assistant principal at Oak Hills High School.

        • Sonny Tudor, assistant principal at Delshire and Oakdale elementaries, will be assistant at C.O. Harrison Elementary.

        In addition, The district expects to fill about 40 positions — many of them existing ones — because of retirements, resignations and leaves of absence.

        “It looks like we have a lot of changes, but part of that is because we are a veteran staff,” Mrs. Wood said.

        Some of the new teaching positions the district is looking to fill are: instrumental music, science, math and special-education positions.

        Anyone interested, should call Mrs. Wood at 574-3200.

       



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