Bethel OKs personnel changes

District interviewing new principals

By Cecilia Fox -

BETHEL TWP. — The Bethel board of education voted Monday night to accept the resignation of two building principals. The search for their replacements is already underway.

Middle school Principal Alexis Dedrick accepted an assistant high school principal position at Troy High School, while high school Principal Craig Vasil will move to the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

“I have appreciated the work of Alexis and Craig and have enjoyed working with them for the past four years,” Superintendent Ginny Potter said.

The district has begun interviewing for new administrators. Administrators, district staff included secretaries and a team of teachers were included in interviews for the new middle school principal, Potter said. She said the process will be the same for a new high school principal.

“But it was a great time with the teachers. They have really good insights and really helpful information,” Potter said.

The middle school teachers were also asked to submit questions for the interview process.

The board voted on several other personnel items, including the approval of Gayle Rhoades as the transportation supervisor. They also approved a two-year administrator contract for James Chapman, who will be the maintenance director.

The board also voted in favor of the hiring of Jodi Hill, a K-12 Spanish teacher, and Christina Randall, a second grade teacher.

A hearing on the retirement and rehiring of Bob Hamlin was also held, with no one speaking in opposition.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of classroom furniture for $39,072 through state contract from Elements IV Interiors.

Several board members questioned whether that price was too high, but Potter said the purchase will furnish three classrooms and that she felt the cost was reasonable.

“We’re looking at a middle school or high school interchangeable classroom, a special ed classroom and special kind of seating arrangements and so forth because of the special ed instructional, physical adaptations, and one will be elementary,” Potter said.

The furniture is for three classrooms, one renovated elementary school classroom and two that will be created by the reconfiguration of a multi-purpose room. It includes cabinets and storage, desks and chairs.

That renovation and reconfiguration project did not receive any bids and will be rebid. Potter said the project was bid at a busy time.

Board member Julie Reese said she was concerned that the cost of the project is going up. Board president Jacob King said that “everyone’s going to know that we’re rebidding it” and that the district could be “up charged” because of it.

Reese noted that the renovations will not be completed before the beginning of the school year and asked what the plan is for the classes that were going to use those spaces. Potter said the administration is working on a plan

“As long as we don’t have to add an extra class, then we’re OK. If we have to add an extra class, we could be in a little bit of hot water. But we can reshuffle it,” she said.

District interviewing new principals

By Cecilia Fox

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