Staff Writer
NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore school board accepted the resignation of one of its own, and also hired an elementary school principal Tuesday.
Russell Bretz, vice president of the school board, announced he will step down, effective Thursday. He is moving to Columbus.
“We’re going to miss Russell,” North Baltimore Superintendent Ryan Delaney said.
“It’s been great working with this board,” Bretz said. “I’ve appreciated being on this board of education.”
Named to the school board in 2003 to fill out a term, Bretz then was elected to two, four-year terms in 2009 and 2013.
He said board members manage to work together “congenial, most of the time.”
Bretz has been involved with education at different levels for 55 years, including being an adjunct professor with Bowling Green State University’s College of Education before retiring.
During his stint on the school board, Bretz was a strident critic of state-funded charter schools.
Board member Jaimye Bushey was selected Tuesday to serve as vice president for the remainder of this year.
The board intends to fill Bretz’s vacant board seat during its next meeting in July, according to school officials.
In other personnel matters Tuesday, Mark Lange was granted a two-year contact to serve as principal at Powell Elementary School, starting Aug. 1. His salary will be $74,000.
Lange, a teacher with Hillsdale Local Schools near Ashland, will fill the void left by the resignation of Scott Lockwood. Lange grew up in Archbold.
Pam Van Mooy served as interim elementary principal during the recent school year while Lockwood was on medical leave.
In other hiring matters, the board accepted a slate of supplemental contacts, including athletic director Rob Luderman, boys basketball coach John Kloepfer, girls basketball coach Adam Burris, baseball coach Marty Gazarek, softball coach Frankie Hernandez and girls track coach Cyndi Hotaling.
In other business, the school board:
Accepted a donation of artificial turf from a Canton company. The turf will be installed in an athletic field house.
Approved a five-year contract with Tyco Simplex Grinnell for fire protection services at the district school buildings at an annual cost of $5,072.
Authorized an agreement for $4,192 with LanSchool for software to provide student access monitoring for Chromebook laptops.
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