CW Schools’ Indian Trail building addition progressing

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer
An addition at Indian Trails Elementary in Canal Winchester is well underway and expected to easily meet its August deadline for the 2024-25 school year.

“We are moving right along,” said Canal Winchester Schools Superintendent Kiya Hunt during the April 8 Canal Winchester Board of Education meeting. “Last week, the first floor was almost finished. It’s looking great and it’s coming along pretty quickly. The deadline is still Aug. 1 and we’re still on track to finish on time.”

Hunt said the project adds 18 classrooms—eight kindergarten and 10 multi-use classrooms for other grade-level or related arts use as needed. The budget for the addition was $14.3 million.

“This renovation will allow us to have all-day kindergarten,” said Hunt. “We’ll be moving the preschool over from Winchester Trail, which will give us a true PreK through third grade building and very much focus on literacy at Indian Trail. The building looks great and the addition is coming along. Once the windows were in, they were able to temperature control the building.”

Canal Winchester Schools Treasurer Nick Roberts said it is impressive how quickly the project is progressing.

“We’ve passed all of the risky areas,” said Roberts. “I think we’re pretty much cruising from this point forward.”

Dyer named Winchester Trail principal
The board unanimously approved a two-year, $105,977 contract with Dr. Tracy Dyer to serve as principal at Winchester Trail. He is filling the position vacated by Max Lallathin, who will serve as the district’s director of student services starting next school year.

The board also approved 10 transition days for Dyer prior to Aug. 1 at a rate of $407.60 per day.

“Dr. Dyer comes to us with several years of experience as an elementary administrator, as well as military experience,” said Hunt. “He’s going to be a great addition to our team and we’re excited to have him on board.”

Hunt said the interview process attracted 18 applicants and narrowed down to a field of five to six candidates. Three were recommended for further consideration, one dropped out of contention and two were interviewed for the position, before Dyer was selected.

Dyer has served as an assistant principal at Pickerington’s Tussing Elementary since 2021. He began his career in 2007, teaching physical education at Norton Middle School in Columbus City Schools for 14 years.

He is a veteran of the Ohio National Guard and served from 2000 to 2006. Dyer received an honorable discharge as a human resources specialist.

In a district press release, Dyer said he is grateful for the opportunity to join Canal Winchester Schools and looks forward to working with staff, students, families and community.

“Joining this incredible educational community, I am committed to leading with a servant’s heart and fostering an environment where every voice is heard, and every challenge is an opportunity for growth.”

Dyer holds a bachelor’s degree in multi-aged physical education and health education from the University of Toledo and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Dayton. He completed his doctoral work in educational leadership at the University of the Cumberlands.

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