Thursday, June 24, 1999

Hamilton grows its own school leaders

Teachers steered to Miami U for principal training

Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON — Officials of Hamilton City Schools want to be sure they're ready when 16 administrators are eligible to retire in the next two to three years.

        The district is teaming with Miami University to offer 17 teachers the opportunity to earn a master's degree in August 2000 and be eligible for their principal's license the following spring.

        “We're really excited about it,” said Gene Hutzelman, the district's assistant superintendent. “It's becoming more difficult to find administrators and we've got some outstanding teachers. We'll be in a much better position.”

        Hamilton is the second school district Miami University has partnered with. Tar geted to Ohio's 21 urban school districts, the training program was first provided two years ago to Dayton Public Schools.

        “Any way Miami can interact with those (urban) districts will benefit both the district and the university,” said Raymond Terrell, professor of educational leadership, who had been a principal at Hamilton's Jefferson Elementary school until a year ago.

        “Combining our efforts will prove to be very beneficial. Our faculty will be teaching them what it takes to be high-quality school administrators. At the same time, Hamilton administrators will help them address issues specific to Hamilton,” Mr. Terrell said.

        Forty-five teachers applied for the program, which begins later this month. Seventeen were chosen by a panel that included Miami University professors, Hamilton adminis trators and representatives from the Hamilton Classroom Teachers Association. Classes will be at Miami University's Hamilton Campus. Hamilton Schools will pay one-third of the tuition, the teachers will pay one-third, and Miami will waive the rest, Mr. Hutzelman said.

        The district does not guarantee the teachers will become administrators, but as openings occur they will be considered for the positions, Mr. Hutzelman said.

        Those enrolled in the program have agreed to remain with the Hamilton Schools for five years after completing it. If they don't, they must repay all or a portion of their tuition.

        “I think this program has tremendous potential both for Miami University Hamilton and for Hamilton City Schools,” said Jack Rhodes, executive director of Miami's Hamilton Campus.

        “We are pleased to be involved in the development of Hamilton's administrators and we are pleased at what they will bring to the curriculum at Miami Hamilton.”


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