Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Changes afoot at Monroe Elementary School

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        MONROE — The 589 new and returning students at Monroe Elementary School will find the same principal but a different campus as the school begins its first year in the Monroe school district.

        Patti Shull was hired as principal and given a two-year contract by the school board Monday. She outlined a proposal to add a full-time school psychologist and a media specialist who would focus on literacy.

        Mrs. Shull, who just finished the first year of a two-year contract with the old Middletown/Monroe district, will earn $69,728 annually and agreed to work extra days this summer as she prepares for the start of school in Ohio's 612th school district.

        “I am just relieved and very happy,” Mrs. Shull said. “It's very exciting to be part of the growth in this system.”

        About 233 Monroe students who had been attending classes at Central Academy and Mayfield, Creekview and Amanda elementary schools will come to Monroe when classes resume. To accommodate the 65.4 percent increase in students, the board approved a lease/purchase plan for eight modular units — each containing two classrooms — that will be placed in a U-shape configuration on a concrete pad on the south side of the school.

        The cost of the project is $403,437, interim Superin tendent Dan Hare said. The district will have to pay for decks, ramps and steps.

        In a staffing proposal to the board, Mrs. Shull asked to hire a school psychologist rather than an assistant principal. The psychologist could help coordinate testing and placement of special-education students, serve as a testing coordinator and help teachers and students cope during the transition.


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