(Posted June 28, 2021)
The Madison-Plains Local School District continues to make headway in filling vacant positions. Hiring was the main focus of a special school board meeting on June 24.
The board named Thomas Dinuoscio as the new assistant principal for the junior/senior high school. Dinuoscio joins the district following six years at Northeastern Local Schools where he served as the instrumental music director at Northeastern High/Middle School and South Vienna Elementary. Prior to his time at Northeastern, Dinuoscio taught at Springfield City Schools for a year. He also taught in the Mt. Gilead and Cardington Lincoln school districts.
Dinuoscio earned his bachelor’s degree in music at Wright State University in 2006. He is finishing coursework towards his master’s degree at the University of Dayton.
He is a three-time recipient of the Larry K. Zerkle Excellence in Education Award given to educators in Clark County. Students who are named valedictorian or salutatorian choose the award-winners. Dinuoscio was a recipient in 2017, 2018, and 2020.
“We are very pleased to have Mr. Dinuoscio become a part of Eagle Nation,” said Madison-Plains Superintendent Chad Eisler. “He is well thought of in the district where he currently works, and he has seen success. He has served in a number of leadership-type roles, and his experience with the work will be a benefit to our district.”
Dinuoscio stated, “I am very excited to get started at Madison-Plains Junior/Senior High School and help the district accomplish its goals.”
The district also hired two third-grade teachers, a school guidance counselor, and a bus driver, and the board approved a list of supplemental positions for the coming school year.
“We are making nice progress in filling the open positions we have within the buildings,” Eisler said. “We remain in need of bus drivers, though. If there are community members who are interested, I encourage them to reach out to district transportation Supervisor Kim Rogers and inquire about the positions we have. We are very much in need of drivers for the coming year.”
During the special board meeting, Eisler also talked about Madison-Plains’ “Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan.” Districts are required to have a plan in order to receive federal funding that is available to schools. The district has posted the plan on the school district’s website, Safe Return Plan, and will solicit feedback on it in the coming days.
Treasurer Todd Mustain asked the board to approve amended appropriations to permit the district to begin using grant funds available through pandemic relief programs.
The school board’s regular meeting is set for 7 p.m. July 20 in the district meeting room.