Madison-Plains hires new principal, athletic director, and music instructor

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Chad Eisler (left), Madison-Plains Local Schools superintendent, and Anthoula Xenikis (right), school board president, welcome Matthew Welsh (second from left), the district’s new athletic director, and Kyle Huffman, the district’s new junior high/senior high principal.

(Posted June 16, 2021)

Madison-Plains Local Schools will start next school year with two new administrators.

On June 15, the school board approved the hiring of Kyle Huffman as the new junior high/senior high school principal and Matthew Welsh as the district’s athletic director.

Huffman comes to Madison-Plains with 16 years of experience as the high school principal at Triad Local Schools. He also taught social studies at Triad for for seven years.

“We are excited to have Mr. Huffman join our team,” said Superintendent Chad Eisler. “He is a veteran administrator, and his knowledge and experience in leading a building will be a benefit to our staff and our students. He is a student-centered and compassionate leader who puts the needs of the students at the center of his decisions.”

Huffman earned his bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in educational leadership from Wright State University.

“I am excited to bring my experience to Madison-Plains and help support the district in its goal to enhance student achievement,” said Huffman who replaces Ann Boerger.

Welsh, the new athletic director, is new to the education field. After more than 20 years in the corporate world, he felt he was not working in an area where his focus was as strong as it could be. He went back to school to earn a master’s degree in athletic administration at Ohio University.

While his position at Madison-Plains will be his first job in education, he has completed internships at some large high schools and is ready to accept the challenge of being a full-time athletic director.

“Matthew Welsh comes highly recommended to us by those with whom he has worked during his internships, by his graduate school colleagues, and by his professors,” Eisler said. “These people spoke about Matthew’s passion, enthusiasm, diligence, and what a fantastic person he is. We are very pleased to bring him on board and have him begin working with our coaches and athletes.”

In addition to his master’s degree in athletic administration, Welsh has a master’s degree in business administration from Ohio Dominican University and a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education/athletic training from Kent State University.

“I can’t wait to get started,” he said. “I’m super excited to be a part of this school district and to start building relationships with this community, the teachers, the coaches, but most importantly the kids.”

Welsh replaces Brandon Wright.

In other personnel news, the district hired Dan McCulloch as its next instrumental and vocal music teacher/lead band director. McCulloch comes to Madison-Plains from Ridgemont Local Schools where he has spent the last four years as director of bands. Prior to his time at Ridgemont, McCulloch taught at Vanlue Local Schools and Willard City Schools. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in music education. He replaces Renee Hostetler.

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