Lots of administrative changes at Southeastern Local Schools

(Posted July 8, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Students and parents will see familiar faces in new places at Southeastern Local Schools this fall due to several administrative changes.

Nick Banion, who has worked for the school district for a decade as the high school guidance counselor, is the new principal at Miami View Elementary serving grades K-6.

“Nick is definitely in touch with the educational processes as they happen within a school,” said David Shea, Southeastern superintendent. “He is very good at communicating with students and working with them to find good outcomes. He has worked with teachers in getting classes formed, scheduling, and the logistics of everyday school operations. And he has always worked very closely with the high school principal, so he’s gotten to see administrative processes up close.”

Banion replaces Tim Bell, who is now the principal at Southeastern Junior/Senior High serving grades 7-12. Bell has been with the district for over 20 years, filling the roles of teacher, athletic director,and director of student services before taking the Miami View principal position four years ago.

“This will be Tim’s fourth administrative role. He’s seen the athletic side, special education side, elementary side, and now high school. He has quite a bit of experience in different venues within the district,” Shea said.

Banion replaces P.J. Bertemes who is now the district’s director of operations and campus/student affairs, a newly created position that combines several roles into one. He will primarily oversee transportation, maintenance, food service, and safety. This fall will be the start of his 20th year with Southeastern. He first served as a media specialist, then spent the past 13 years as junior/senior high principal.

“Outside of myself, he is my most experienced building administrator,” Shea said, adding that Bertemes has the skill set to handle student issues and work with various department heads. “He also has worked with transportation, food services, and custodians on a daily basis as a principal. That gives him a good vantage point to step into this new role.”

Shea noted that Chuck McNier has retired as transportation/maintenance supervisor following 18 years with the district.

Jessica Young is the new dean of students at Miami View. She joined the district in 2018 as an intervention specialist, working with students with special needs. As dean, she will help with student discipline and other issues. She will serve as a first point of contact for teachers and will make calls to parents when issues arise.

“Jessica has worked with a diverse student population. She did a great job communicating with parents in her past role,” Shea said. “She has shown a real good balance between understanding kids’ needs, but also getting them to do what they need to do to be successful in academics and in their social/emotional lives.”

Young replaces A.J. Woods who resigned this spring to take a job outside of education.

The first day of school for Southeastern students for the 2024-25 school year is Aug. 26.

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