The next school year will start with a variety of new administrators in Streetsboro.
Joining the district as director of curriculum will be Aireane Curtis. She will succeed Michael Daulbaugh who will lead Streetsboro City Schools as superintendent.
Succeeding retiring Wait Primary School Principal Jon Natko will be Amy Cruse. Natko is retiring and devoting more attention to Aurora Counseling, a new business he opened in Spring 2012.
Wickliffe Middle School Principal Bill Basel will succeed Henry Defer Intermediate School Principal Lisa Bontempo, who has resigned and is leaving the district.
The appointments were approved recently by the Streetsboro Board of Education.
"All three candidates presented personal and professional characteristics that set them apart from the remainder of the candidates," said Daulbaugh. "All three were able to articulate why they were the best person for the job and a good fit for Streetsboro. Also, all three expressed the desire to give a long term commitment to Streetsboro."
Each will be paid $83,000 and begin work officially on Aug. 1, according to their contracts, which run through July 31, 2015.
Basel and Cruse were both selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants. Curtis was among more than 70 applicants for the director of curriculum post.
Curtis, a consultant for the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center, has worked with districts to help with curriculum mapping and aligning districts' curricula with the new Common Core State Standards. She was a teacher with the Streetsboro district from 2003 to 2006.
Basel has served a teacher and athletic director assistant at River Valley Local School District and a middle school principal and principal at Wickliffe Middle School.
Cruse is principal of Brookledge Elementary School in the Brooklyn City Schools. She said the move to Streetsboro feels like a move home since she graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent.
She said she's also excited by the growth and "positive energy" in the district.
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