Saturday, July 07, 2001

Edgewood promotes assistant superintendent

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        TRENTON — The Edgewood Board of Education didn't have to look far for its new superintendent.

        Assistant Superintendent Tom York, 49, was selected this week to replace Dale Robertson, who is retiring at the end of the month. Mr. York received a three-year contract and will begin his duties Aug. 1. His salary has not been determined.

        “He has a lot of enthusiasm for the district. The district can continue without missing a beat,” said board member Sharon Anderson. When Mr. Robertson was ill, “he pitched in and did two jobs. That's hard.”

Knows the territory
               For three years Mr. York has worked with Mr. Robertson as assistant superintendent. During his 17 years with the Edgewood Schools he has been a teacher, assistant principal and principal at the high school, and an assistant principal at the old Edgewood Junior High School.

        Mr. York also was a guidance counselor at St. Bernard-Elmwood Place Junior-Senior High School, and principal at Madison Elementary School in Hamilton.

        “I'm really excited and looking forward to this. I've been an administrator in grades K-12,” Mr. York said.

        “I'd like to finish our strategic plan and get our goals in place.”

        The biggest goal, Mr. York said, would be to improve the district's rating on the Ohio Report Card. The district is ranked in the “continuous improvement” category — the second highest of four — because it met 20 of the 27 criteria. Criteria include attendance rates, percent of students graduating and results on the fourth-, sixth-, ninth- and 12th-grade proficiency tests.

Goal setter
               “I'd like to see us meeting 26 or 27 goals,” Mr. York said. “We just keep getting better each year.”

        A 1969 Talawanda High School graduate, Mr. York holds bachelor's degrees from Miami University and Evangel University in Missouri.

        He holds master's degrees from Xavier University and Evangel.


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