Chippewa Valley hires 9 new assistant principals, begins all-day kindergarten in fall

By: Robert Guttersohn | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 22, 2012

 Chippewa Valley Schools’ nine new assistant principals pose for pictures after the Board of Education approved their hiring. Top row, from left: Frank Bellomo, Nicole Faehner, Jonathan Jones, Lisa Reisner, Mark Johnson and Andrea McVicar. Bottom row, from left: Christina Kozouz, Lynn Mair, and Kelly Shock.

Chippewa Valley Schools’ nine new assistant principals pose for pictures after the Board of Education approved their hiring. Top row, from left: Frank Bellomo, Nicole Faehner, Jonathan Jones, Lisa Reisner, Mark Johnson and Andrea McVicar. Bottom row, from left: Christina Kozouz, Lynn Mair, and Kelly Shock.

Photo by Robert Guttersohn

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley Schools’ Superintendent Ronald Roberts said the school district is ready for changes in personnel after numerous spring retirements and the shift from half-day to full-day kindergarten beginning this school year.

The Board of Education approved the hiring of nine new assistant principals to the administrative ranks at its Aug. 13 meeting.

The new hires are to fill vacancies left behind by the large number of retirements last spring.

Roberts said the pool of candidates who applied have “excellent track records.”

“They’re outstanding,” Roberts said. “They’ll bring many positive attributes to our administrative team. They’re very creative thinkers. They’ll be wonderful additions to our administrative team because, really, the rest of us we’re all running out of ideas.”

Roberts said the biggest change the district had to endure over the summer was making all of its kindergarten classes full day.

“A lot of people have been spending a lot of time getting ready for that,” Roberts said. “That involves staffing issues, building issues, hiring people, buying furniture. Teachers have met to plan the curriculum in the day.”

The board approved the change this year when the state threatened to withhold funding unless the district switched to full-day kindergarten.

The nine new administrators are Frank Bellomo, assistant principal of Iroquois/Wyandot Middle Schools; Nicole Faehner, assistant principal at Dakota High School; Mark Johnson, assistant principal at Shawnee Elementary; Jonathan Jones, assistant principal of Dakota Ninth Grade Center; Christina Kozouz, the assistant principal of Iroquois Middle School; Lynn Mair, assistant principal of Cheyenne Elementary; Andrea McVicar, assistant principal of Sequoyah Elementary; Lisa Reisner, assistant principal at Dakota High School; and Kelly Shock, assistant principal at Seneca Middle School.

The candidates bring to their positions a varying range of backgrounds from robotics development to language arts development.

Roberts said Kasouz had the most interesting answer during the interview process by saying she had always wanted to be a school principal since being a child.

“Wow, how do people think of that when they’re young?” Roberts asked.

Board member Andrew Patzert was amazed to see the number of young administrators the school district hired.

“It’s amazing how things have changed,” Patzert said. “When I was in high school, we always had a demented football coach who used to like to beat us up. I look at these young people today, and it’s a whole new world.”