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Medina City Schools

Principal  |  August 2001 - July 2003

Medina High School

Medina, Ohio

Medina High School serves 2,500 students from the city of Medina. During my tenure I led a team of eleven administrators, 161 certificated staff members and 65 non-certificated staff members. Our team transitioned students, staff and families during the closing of the old high school facility, and proudly opened the new building.

Leadership and Management

  • Supervised a comprehensive high school of 2,200 students

  • Led a team of eleven administrators, 161 certificated staff members, and 
65 non-certificated staff members

  • Designed and initiated the implementation of the House Concept – a philosophical approach new to Medina designed to personalize education for the students and staff of Medina High School

  • Participated in contract negotiations as a member of the administrative team – utilized Interest- Based Bargaining in excess of 20 sessions over five months

  • Selected all new teaching, administrative and support staff personnel including filling 33 positions for certificated staff members in one year

  • Coordinated activities with other departments including central office, maintenance, custodial, food service, and transportation

  • Restructured the enforcement of attendance – the attendance rate for Medina High School is 95.9 percent

  • Supervised the day-to-day operations of the high school, which consists of 13.5 acres of building space

  • Restructured special education programs that service over 300 students – reorganized five resource rooms and initiated the movement toward inclusion

  • Participated on the district’s Continuous Improvement Plan Committee – this involved working closely with other grade level buildings to align curriculum

  • Coordinated building-wide professional development opportunities for staff

  • Heard all suspension appeals and expulsions for high school students

  • Worked closely with department heads on curricular and building issues

  • Developed staff recognition programs

Financial Responsibilities

  • Developed and maintained a 17.9 million-dollar budget for the total high school program, approximately $300,000 of which were discretionary funds

  • Coordinated the purchase of 1.2 million dollars of loose equipment, 1.4 million dollars of loose furnishings and three million dollars of technological resources for the new high school

  • Restructured the budget to accommodate additional programs including the House Concept, the Performing Arts Center and the Recreation Center 


Public Engagement/Community Relations

Worked closely with several school district/community partnerships including:

  • City of Medina, which manages a recreation center constructed by the school district

  • Medina County Juvenile Courts, which helps at-risk high school students who are court

    involved

  • University of Akron, which provides Distance Learning classes

  • Medina General Hospital, which provides funds and personnel to provide therapy and rehabilitation in the school district’s recreation center

  • Medina City Performing Arts Foundation, which provides funds and services toward managing several theaters including one in the high school

  • Medina Cable Access Channel, which provides media services and exposure for students in our high school studio

  • Coordinated and hosted the grand opening of Medina High School, which included keynote speaker Dr. Rod Paige, U. S. Secretary of Education, two congressmen and several other members of Congress

  • Worked with Medina Partnership Council, comprised of one parent group member from each of the nine schools in Medina City School District to address school related community issues

  • Developed community volunteer recognition program

  • Worked with the Medina City Schools Foundation, which provides financial support in the form of grants and scholarships for Medina City Schools

  • Provided crisis management which included organizing support from local agencies and clergy and dealing with television and newspaper reporters

  • Met with parents on a monthly basis to discuss school issues

  • Mailed home a quarterly Principal’s Newsletter

  • Held regular meetings with our parent-teacher organization

  • Provided many televised reports at school board meetings

Curricular and Instructional Achievements

  • Updated curriculum and implemented new courses to meet state standards – this involved the alignment of programs with other grade level buildings

  • Developed new courses, including five interdisciplinary courses

  • Adopted textbooks for new and additional courses

  • Coordinated technology program which included the distribution of Dell laptop computers to every teacher and provided subsequent training to help teachers integrate technology into their daily lessons

  • Wrote and received two grants: (1) Federal grant of $150,000 for a Career Resource Center, (2) Local grant for $10,600 to be used toward technology improvements.

Construction-related Accomplishments

  • Our district passed a permanent improvement levy collecting $77,000,000 to construct an elementary school and high school complex

  • Communicated and coordinated plans with architects and the members of the construction company throughout the construction project – this included aiding in the design of the building and monitoring the progress throughout the project

  • Coordinated the transition of the physical placement of staff members and student body throughout the building during the construction project

Elementary and middle school experience

  • Served as a member of Elementary Administrators Rap Session (EARS) for Medina City Schools, providing an opportunity for principals from each building grades K-12 to collaborate professionally

  • Participated as a member of Management Group Meetings (MGM), an administrative council, that addressed district-wide issues

  • Served as a member of Middle and Secondary School Committee, which consisted of high school and middle school principals who addressed concerns focusing on grades 6-12

  • Addressed many elementary school issues as a member of the negotiations team

  • Participated in the Gift of Time program which allowed me to spend time with at-risk

    elementary students to aid in their academic and social growth 


ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

Medina High School | 1999-2001

  • Created and supervised several on-site, alternative school programs for at-risk students including Daytime alternative school, Night school, and GED

  • Developed and supervised an alternative school for at-risk students not eligible for special education services

  • Led a Student Intervention Based Assistance program, which identified and assisted students who were in need of academic or social support

  • Coordinated summer school program, which consisted of approximately ten teachers and 250 students

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