COLUMBIANA - The city school district has found a new high school principal and re-hired former middle school principal David Buzzard.
The board of education awarded a two-year contract to Lance Hostetler for the high school position on Monday. He will make $75,000 a year.
Hostetler currently works for the Buckeye Local School District in Ashtabula County, where he has served as interventionist and teacher at Edgewood High School the last 10 years.
Prior to that, he worked for Canton Glen Oak and Massillon Washington high schools.
Hostetler said he visited the Columbiana School District two years ago and was very impressed.
"We were looking at the special education program at Columbiana, and I was very impressed by the student body and staff. When I saw an opening I told my wife I was going to throw my hat in the ring," he said.
He added that his first priority is to get to know the students and staff, and he plans to spend the summer looking at the school's data to see where improvements are needed.
On Aug. 1, he will replace Dan Szolek whose resignation was effective Saturday.
South Side Middle School Principal David Buzzard was hired back on a two-year contract after resigning in February, just shy of wrapping up his three-year contract with the district.
Buzzard will make $67,000 a year in addition to receiving retirement benefits. He was making $72,450 a year prior to resigning for retirement purposes.
Other personnel matters approved include:
- The resignation of Christine Baird, part-time special education secretary, effective June 30.
- Jody Sturgeon-Edwards as seventh-grade language arts teacher for the 2012-13 school year.
- Supplemental contracts for the 2012-13 school year for Colleen McNeal, Darcy Quinlan, Jenna Fry and Zach Hertel.
- Extended duty for high school guidance counselor Amber Waller (15 days). Payment will be made at the per diem rate.
- The resignation of Trent Holden as tutor at Heartland Christian School, effective May 31.