Principals Take On Additional Responsibilities

Elementary, Intermediate Assistant Principals Take On Additional Responsibilities to Provide 3-6 Alignment
Posted on 06/12/2019

Elementary, Intermediate Assistant Principals Take On Additional Responsibilities to Provide 3-6 AlignmentMason City Schools announced a handful of administrative changes June 7, adding to the administrative restructuring changes previously announced in April. The changes in two assistant principal duties will provide alignment in grades 3-6.
Mason Elementary School  - Grades 3 & 4
MECC Assistant Principal Jen Johnson replaces former Western Row Assistant Principal Rob Polca. Next year Polca will lead Mariemont Junior High School as the school’s new principal.
“Over the past 14 years, I’ve been fortunate to serve as a teacher at Mason High School and Mason Intermediate, and as an assistant principal at MI and Western Row.  I’ve enjoyed the journey, and I treasure the relationships that we’ve built,” shared Polca.
Johnson  will also work closely with Mason Elementary and Mason Intermediate staff to support the alignment of professional development and student learning experience in grades 3-6.
“We’re always excited to celebrate the growth of our leaders and expand their professional experience. I know Jen is ready for this next step in her leadership journey and alignment is critical in ensuring that there is continuity in experience for our staff and students,” said Jonathan Cooper, Superintendent.
The district's third and fourth graders attended school at Western Row Elementary during the 2018-2019 school year. Western Row (which was built in 1962) closes in June as part of the district’s Master Facilities Plan. Closing Western Row saves approximately $500,000 in operating costs annually, and $14 million in capital investments that would be needed to bring Western Row up to OSFC standards.
Other ME administrative staff include Principal Javaris Powell and Assistant Principal Tom Doerflein.
Mason Intermediate School - Grades 5 & 6
Mason Intermediate School Assistant Principal Terry Wooten will now oversee special education services at Mason Elementary and Mason Intermediate. This will provide important alignment and a common Comet experience for families and staff in grades 3-6. Jenny Woods will continue to support students with special needs in grades 3-6 in her role as Special Education Supervisor.
“I am so grateful to have leaders like Terry who are willing to step up in a spirit of collaboration to allow us to build a shared experience in an area where that is particularly important. During CommUNTIY Conversations, I often heard how building a relationship with our administrators and staff is so critical for families whose children have special needs,” said Cooper.
Other MI administrative staff include Principal Eric Messer and Assistant Principal Nancy Kelley.
“This plan has great potential to help us with alignment for our staff and students while increasing continuity for our families. Since we have not done this before, it will require us to be agile. We will commit to this plan for a year and evaluate the plan throughout the year to see if it is the right fit for the future,” explains Cooper. MECC Open Position Johnson’s move from MECC to Mason Elementary leaves an open assistant principal position at MECC - the school that serves the district’s PK-2nd graders. “We’re always looking for hungry, humble, smart leaders with diverse backgrounds who are ready and excited to lead the critical work ahead that is rooted in our values. If this speaks to your heart, I encourage you to apply!” said Cooper. Mason City Schools have Fewer Administrators than Similar Districts During the 2017-2018 school year, there were 46 Mason City Schools administrators supporting staff, students, families and community. In 2019-2020, there remains 46 Mason City Schools administrators, but the district will reorganize roles to better support Comet learners. According to the Ohio Department of Education, Mason City Schools has significantly fewer administrators per student than similar districts, and the state average.

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