Administrative changes at London City Schools

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(Posted May 18, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

London City Schools recently made personnel changes at the administrative level that include creation of a new position–director of digital learning and innovation.

On May 11, the school board approved the appointment of Carla Shaw, formerly assistant principal at the high school, to the new position. She will head up the district’s hybrid and virtual schooling options, as well as help to develop and implement innovative programs and teaching practices.

The district is using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to finance the new position. Distributed by the federal government and administered by the state, ESSER funds are for use in addressing the impact COVID-19 has had and continues to have on public and nonpublic schools.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 80 students were enrolled in London City Schools’ hybrid and virtual schooling options. Even with safety restrictions loosening regarding the pandemic, Superintendent Dr. Lou Kramer estimates 200 students will be involved in hybrid and virtual programming next school year.

“These programs provide families with a great amount of flexibility for how their students receive their education–all on-site, all online, or a combination in between,” Kramer said. “While some school districts are looking to discontinue their programs, we think this gives our school district an advantage for retaining and attracting students.”

As for the innovation facet of her new job, Shaw will help to identify trends in education and ensure that the district’s curriculum incorporates programs that meet those trends. One example, Kramer said, involves online learning.

“Online learning will remain mainstream in every classroom. Carla will be the leader in helping classroom teachers integrate a virtual component to enhance what they are doing in the classroom,” he said.

Shaw holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Governors University. She has served as high school assistant principal since the 2018-19 school year.

Kyle Cutler is moving into the high school assistant principal position. In his seven years with the district, he has served as a health and physical education teacher, head coach of the high school football team, and assistant athletic director.

“During his time with LCS, Kyle has demonstrated a proficiency for fostering relationship with students which will serve him well in his new role,” Kramer said.

Cutler holds a bachelor’s degree in teacher education from Bowling Green State University, completed post teacher certification in health education at Capital University, and has a master’s degree in educational administration from Concordia University.

He will continue to serve as head football coach.

The school board also approved three-year contract renewals for the following administrators: Michael Browning, high school principal; Michael Belmont, middle school principal; Jimmy Wolverton, athletic director; Melissa Canney, student support supervisor; Kim Adams, transportation supervisor; and Dennis Klenowski, head mechanic for the transportation department.

 

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