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Plenty of movement at Indian Creek schools

WINTERSVILLE — Plenty of movement is occurring within the Indian Creek Local School District as some familiar faces take on new leadership posts.

On the heels of staff and students’ relocation to the new Indian Creek High School comes a transition of duties within district schools and administration. Board members approved a series of resignations and reassignments during the regular meeting on Thursday, which was held at the new ICHS office. Changes began with the resignation of Nicole McDonald, who served as principal of Cross Creek Elementary as well as district curriculum and Title I coordinator. McDonald will depart her duties after accepting a post in Florida.

Superintendent T.C. Chappelear said McDonald had originally resigned the principal’s post to return to the district office but will now head to the Sunshine State. He praised her efforts in navigating the transition from Wintersville Elementary to the newly completed Cross Creek building as principal and her ongoing work with the district.

“She will take a similar position at Florida Atlantic University with its lab schools,” he said, adding her last day is May 20.

Her chair at Cross Creek will be filled by former Indian Creek High School Principal Dan Hartman, who will return under a three-year contract. Hartman, who had served as ICHS principal for two years, will leave his current post as supervisor/principal at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

“Dan’s been at the JVS for the past six years and we’re excited to have him back in the district,” Chappelear commented.

Meanwhile, current Hills Elementary Principal Michele Minto will take McDonald’s place in the district and oversee curriculum, Title 1, preschool, district testing and gifted education. She will leave her principal’s seat on June 30 and begin her new role under a three-year contract on July 1.

“Michele has been a longtime educator at Indian Creek and has taught in about every grade level,” Chappelear continued. “She has done a great job at Hills Elementary for the past seven years and I have no doubt she will do great things with this position.”

Makenzie Householder, dean of students at Cross Creek Elementary, will succeed Minto at Hills after receiving a one-year contract starting July 1, and Chappelear said it should make for an easy transition.

“Makenzie has been dean of students for several years and has done a great job. [Her position] is similar to an assistant principal and she has led many student initiatives at Cross Creek.”

In related matters, officials discussed the relocation to the new high school and said the move went well while students and staff alike were excited to be in their new environment.

Among other action, the board:

— Heard from Michael McIntyre of the NAACP about education initiatives and Dr. Chappelear said the district looked forward to working with the organization;

— Learned district bus drivers were heading to a regional Bus Rodeo in Navarre Saturday. Transportation Director Brenda Staffilino said seven drivers were competing and the top 10 winners head to the state contest. Dr. Chappelear praised the drivers for their work.

— Approved KIKO Co. for online auctioneer services regarding personal property at the former high school.

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