LORAIN – The Lorain school district has lined up most of its deans for next school year.
The deans will replace assistant principals at the buildings and each building will have two — one focused on academics and another on student and family engagement.
Lorain Schools CEO David Hardy has said the dean positions are being designed to work with the new turnaround principal positions, allowing the building leaders to focus on a school building’s instructional needs rather than day-to-day managerial ones, which will fall to the deans.
Paul Williams, who was selected to be the dean of scholar and family engagement and is currently an assistant principal at New Beginnings Academy, said he was looking forward to serving the district’s students and their families next year.
“I’ve previously worked at Hawthorne before so I’m looking forward to going back there,” he said. “I can’t wait to work with scholars in a way that affects them in a positive way and helps them reach their maximum potential.”
Donna Keenan currently works as an assistant principal at Garfield Elementary School and said it’s what inspired her to apply for a dean position in the first place.
“I’m just really excited,” she said. “It’s a similar position to what I have now and I’ve worked in the Lorain Schools my whole life. I live here. I’m committed to this city and these students. I want to help them move forward.”
Hardy previously had said those selected to be turnaround principals would be selecting the dean candidates they wanted at their schools. He also said building principals whose positions were being eliminated and had not been selected as turnaround principals could be hired as deans.
Five of the building principals who were not selected to be turnaround principals next year applied for dean positions.
Debbie Pustulka, the current principal at Palm Elementary School, and Bryan Hilko, the principal at General Johnnie Wilson Middle School, applied to be a dean of academics.
Leila Flores, the current principal at Frank Jacinto Elementary School, Sean Wolanin, the current principal at Stevan Dohanos Elementary School, and Christine Miller, the current principal at Longfellow Middle School, all applied to be deans of scholar and family engagement.
None were selected for the positions.
A dean of academics has yet to be determined for Stevan Dohanos Elementary School and a turnaround principal has yet to be selected for Southview Middle School.
No building leaders for next school year have been selected for Lorain High School.
District Treasurer and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Josh Hill said the final salaries for the deans have not been negotiated. Hardy did not response to requests for comment.
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