Thursday, May 25, 2000

New Miami principal hails from Norwood

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        NEW MIAMI — Steve Schwankhaus will leave Norwood High School to become principal at New Miami Junior-Senior High School.

        Mr. Schwankhaus was given a two-year contract Tuesday by the New Miami Board of Education, at an annual salary of $66,000. He replaces Alice Eby, who is resigning next month after two years as principal.

        “I can't wait to get started working with the parents, students, teachers and community members,” said Mr. Schwankhaus, a 1970 Norwood High grad. “I'm going to get to do things I wouldn't be able to do here. It's exciting to be able to work on the building project.”

        In November, voters approved a bond issue that will add a wing to the junior-senior high that will allow the district to close the elementary building and move all 890 students to the bigger school. Besides providing input on the project, Mr. Schwankhaus, 48, said he would be looking for an assistant principal/athletic director.

        The idea of working in a smaller school was attractive, Mr. Schwankhaus said. Norwood High, where he's been assistant principal the past three years, has about 850 students in grades 7-12. There are only 400 pupils in grades 7-12 at New Miami.

        “I think you can really make a difference in a smaller school system,” Mr. Schwankhaus said. “I am impressed with the teachers. It seems they have a real commitment to improvement.”

        Mr. Schwankhaus has spent 22 of his 25 years in education with the Norwood schools. He worked briefly as a teacher in the Milford and Oak Hills schools.

        Mr. Schwankhaus, a former football, baseball and basketball coach, holds a bachelor's from Miami University and a master's from Xavier University. He is married with three children and a granddaughter.


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