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The Suburbanite
  • Green Local shuffles administrative positions

  • Five administrators have taken up new positions within the Green Local School District this year. Though all are new to their positions, only one is new to the district.

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  • Five administrators have taken up new positions within the Green Local School District this year. Though all are new to their positions, only one is new to the district.
    Tom O'Neil, assistant principal at Green Middle School, is the only administrator new to Green
    "The sense of togetherness was strong here, there was a sense of a close knit family," O'Neil said of his excitement for his new post. "I was really impressed with how the different staffs mingled.”
    O’Neil taught English at Akron North High School before coming to Green. Though new to the job, he and his family are familiar with the schools as his children attend Green schools.
     Jeff Wells, who stepped into the Green Middle School principal position this fall, was also excited to be back. He had previously served the school’s assistant principal and felt prepared for his new role.
    "The transition was smooth," Wells said, “because of my years here. It is a new challenge. As principal I have a little different responsibility than as assistant principal. I do less with students and more with parents and parent groups.”
    Scott Shank, who previously served as assistant principal at Green Primary School, was named the building’s principal this school year. Prior his administrative duties, he spent five years as a first-grade teacher.
    “It was an easy transition since I had worked with the staff for all those years,” Shank said. “… It was really exciting to see it all come together the first day and how excited the kids were to come in.”
    Shank’s former boss Kevin Finefrock moved up, too. Finefrock was recently named to the newly re-established assistant superintend position. He had previously been in administrative positions at the high school, Kleckner Elementary , and Green Primary.
    Superintendent Jeff Miller stepped into the district’s highest leadership role after having served as Green Middle School Principal. Prior to that he had taught in the intermediate school and served as assistant principal at the middle school.
     "The staff helped me get through the early learning curve of the job and the newness of the position," Miller said. "Everyone has been very supportive and welcoming. It was great to go to all the open houses and see the classrooms decorated and ready for the kids. And it was very rewarding to have opening day go off without any major problems."
    For additional information on these and all the other administrators and staff visit www.greenlocalschools.org.

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