2 principals, administrator named by Streetsboro board of education

By Bob Gaetjens GATEWAY NEWS Editor Published:

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.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9440

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  • Hey, the board tells us that they went through 200 applicants for the one administrative position then they take a break and the super says it is a chance for the board to meet the new principals. I thought the board hired them. Didn't they get a chance to meet them then? Ask the Treasurer for the last board meeting financial report. You're darn tutin' the money is coming in. Have her email you a copy. Finances are better than you think. And you can rest assure the teaching staff has seen it. And you are right, they should do more for the support staff rather than the administrative. But alas, once you make it to the board, all common sense dissipates rapidly and you're left with stupid, stupid mistakes from almost every direction. You develop a lapse of communication amongst yourselves, the teaching staff, the administrative staff and the public. OASB really brain washes these people. They lose perspective of what is happening in their community, the ignore those who helped build this community and have lived here for over 40 years. Technology trickles in while you have board members going to DC to lobby for a cause that isn't even heard and when it is it is on deaf ears. They take many trips at the district's and community's expense and none of it ever comes to any fruition just as it hasn't for the last 70 years and they aren't smart enough to get that. If the one would spend half the time actually working to make things happen in this district as she does taking her trips and getting awards, we'd be beyond Excellent with Distinction. She seems to have cared more for what she is doing for herself and flaunting it than I see good things happen for the students. Go to the Auditors site at Ohio.gov and look up the past reports they have given for the past 15 years. You'll notice, prior to 1999 the Board had no yearly expense. Look at the report for last year but make sure you are sitting down. Where does the board come up with the money that they spend? Our back pockets. Martin Fleming

  • So, we can afford to bring back all the administrative positions we eliminated a few years back. Great news. And we can afford to give them great contracts with numerous fringe benefits. More good news. Must mean we are doing well fiscally. So why are we asking Classified staff and Certified staff to pay more for their insurance than we are asking of the administration, especially new hires??? Why would we take the very people who live and work in this community and outsource their jobs. The district needs to get a clue, do not undermine those that live and work here for our kids and our schools. They care about our kids more than outside administrators and they need to be treated fairly.

  • So, we can afford to bring back all the administrative positions we eliminated a few years back. Great news. And we can afford to give them great contracts with numerous fringe benefits. More good news. Must mean we are doing well fiscally. So why are we asking Classified staff and Certified staff to pay more for their insurance than we are asking of the administration, especially new hires??? Why would we take the very people who live and work in this community and outsource their jobs. The district needs to get a clue, do not undermine those that live and work here for our kids and our schools. They care about our kids more than outside administrators and they need to be treated fairly.