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New staff in local schools listed

By JIM BREWER Published: August 8, 2017 4:00 AM

When school starts in the Loudonville-Perrysville School District on Tuesday, August 22, there will be a number of new faces working in the school district.

"Due to retirements, resignations and transfers, we've had a significant amount of work to do in the area of human resources this spring and summer," Superintendent Catherine Puster said.

Puster is one of two administrators taking on new roles. She replaces veteran Superintendent John Miller, who retired following 18 years of service to the school district.

Christine Butts, currently the district's Director of Pupil Personnel, is assuming Puster's position as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.

"I am very pleased with the results of our recruiting," Puster said. "The Board of Education has employed outstanding teachers who bring rich experiences to our students.

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New district administrators include Puster, whose educational resume includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Akron; a Masters of Educational Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College; superintendent's licensure from Ashland University; and a Doctorate in Education from Ashland.

Butts, new Director of Curriculum, has a B.Sc. in Education from Bowling Green and a Masters of Educational Administration from Ashland University.

Melissa Leininger, who will be replacing Butts as director of pupil personnel services, has a Bachelors of Arts in Education from Walsh University; a Masters in School Counseling from Malone University; and a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Concordia University.

At the R.F. McMullen School (grades K-3) Jordan Butler and Allison Hochstetler were both hired as new intervention specialists. Butler has a B.Sc. in Public Relations and Advertising from Morehead State University; a Masters in School and Community Counseling from Regent University; and a Masters of Education from the University of Dayton.

Hochstetler has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

At the Budd Elementary School (grades 4-6) Justin Abshear was hired as a fourth grade math and science teacher. He has a B.Sc. in Education from Ohio University; a Mathematics Endorsement from Urbana University; and a Masters in Teaching from Wright State University.

Alex Bates, who has a B.Sc. in Education from Walsh University, was hired for a fifth grade math and social studies position.

At Loudonville High School, Katy Baumgartner was hired as a seventh grade math teacher. She has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Bowling Green, and a Bachelor's Plus degree in integrated mathematics from Ashland Univeristy.

Keith Lemke will teach social studies, grades 7-12. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Ashland University.

David Vaughan will teach visual arts, grades 9-12. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

And Lindsey Frank was hired as a grade 7 intervention specialist. She has a B.Sc. in Education from Ashland University, and a Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Akron.


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