James Hogue, who's served as assistant principal at Streetsboro High School for the past two years, will likely take the reins at the school this summer, according to Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh.
He said a two-year principal contract would officially begin Aug. 1 and run through July 31, 2014, assuming the School Board approves it at its June 12 meeting, which begins at 6:45 p.m. at Henry Defer Intermediate School.
"He knows the kids and works well with the kids," said Daulbaugh. "He has a good rapport with the students."
Hogue would replace outgoing Streetsboro High School Principal Eric Rauschkolb, who's paid $91,000 this year and will become principal at Niwot High School in Niwot, Colo. next year. Hogue's principal salary has not yet been set, said Daulbaugh.
"I've always harbored a desire to get to Colorado at some point in my career," said Rauschkolb, who's headed Streetsboro High School since the 2010-11 school year.
Daulbaugh also said Hogue will be a strong leader for teachers and other staff at the school.
"He has high expectations for all the staff; he expects people to step up to the plate and do their jobs," said Daulbaugh.
Hogue said he's "excited" about the new opportunity.
"I think we're headed in the right direction," said Hogue. "Now, I think we'll be able to continue, hopefully, seamlessly in that direction. I think everyone's excited about the fact that we can continue on the path we've been on."
Daulbaugh said that appears to be the case.
"When we announced it to the [high school] staff, they gave him a standing ovation," he said.
Hogue also wants to stay in Streetsboro, said Daulbaugh, which is a factor in his decision. Daulbaugh, himself, also was very enthusiastic about remaining in Streetsboro when he took over as superintendent last year.
For years, the district has been beset with administrative turnover, which is something the School Board wants to avoid. Several administrators (although not Rauschkolb) left in the middle of the term of their contracts, sometimes leaving the superintendent or School Board in a bind during the summer between school years. Hogue said the focus of his duties would change as he becomes principal. As assistant principal, Hogue said he deals with students issues such as scheduling and discipline.
"[The principal] is more the manager of the teachers and concerns himself more with what's going on in the classroom," said Hogue. As principal, Hogue would also focus more on communicating with those outside the building, including other principals, Daulbaugh and others in the administration, as well as the community.
Hogue said Rauschkolb has been a good mentor for the past two years.
"Eric and I have worked as a team the last two years, and I have learned an awful lot from him," said Hogue. "My getting hired [as principal] I think is just a continuation of Mr. Rauschkolb's leadership over the past four years."
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