Thursday, April 13, 2000

Another administrator plans to quit Springboro schools

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SPRINGBORO — Already beset with a number of key administrative resignations, Springboro schools will lose another: High school principal Jack Poore has indicated he will resign.

        Within the past few weeks, the district has lost its superintendent, treasurer and human relations director. And word of Mr. Poore's intentions comes one day after school leaders extended administrative contracts in an attempt to stop the rash of departures.

        “I'm extremely worried about what's going on in my district,” said Christine Iaconis, the mother of a Springboro student. She has been a vocal critic of recent actions by the Springboro school board.

        She and other parents point to a contentious relationship between the school board's leaders and former Superintendent Gary Meier as the impetus for the resignations. School board President Cindy Garland could not be reached for comment.

        The election of Ms. Garland to the school board this past fall swung the board majority to her camp. She was elected board president and has led much of the efforts of the board since.

        Board members and observers called the relationship between Mr. Meier and the new board majority “di visive.” He resigned in March after accepting a nearly $280,000 buyout from the district.

        Also quitting was treasurer Pam Ashbaugh and human relations director Joe DeLuca, who is leaving to take the superintendent's post at Eaton City Schools.

        Saying he wanted to “preserve the stability of the district,” Springboro interim Superintendent Ed Perkins asked the school board to add a year to the contracts of six remaining administrators. They did just that at their Tuesday meeting. Among those whose con tracts were extended was Mr. Poore.

        “We need to send a message that we are interested in keeping our administrators,” school board member Diane Trifiro said at Tuesday's meeting. That was before word of Mr. Poore's resignation became widely known.

        Mr. Poore will take over as principal of the Miami Valley Career Technical Center in Clayton, Ohio. He will remain in Springboro through the end of the school year, and will start his new post in July.

        The high school principal the past three years, he will leave behind a lot of friends, Mr. Poore said. As for the controversy brewing in Springboro, he said the district faces a difficult task filling so many key positions at once.

        “There is an uncertain feeling about the direction of the district,” Mr. Poore said. Though he had the Miami Valley offer before Tuesday's contract extension, he was not sure whether it would have persuaded him to stay even if such a vote of confidence had come earlier.

        The administrative contracts were to expire at the end of their second year, July 31, 2001. The extensions add a year. Their pay is not a part of the contract extension approved on Tuesday, Mr. Perkins said.

        Others getting contract extentions were high school assistant principal Jay Byrne, Junior High principal Bob Thompson and Wright Elementary principal Victor Johantges, support services director Jim Bachus and education services director Stephen Bartalo.

        A seventh administrator, Sandy Wray, Clearcreek Elementary principal, had her contract renewed a few weeks back.


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