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."
FB: The Gateway News/Bob Gaetjens
A student was attacked in a restroom within the school by two other students. One of the attackers put his hand over the victims mouth so his cries for help could not be heard. The victim bit the hand of the attacker while it was over his mouth and the Vice Principal suspended the victim from school for biting his attacker. Another student was singled out because they were standing in the wrong place at the wrong time, refused the take the detention for something they didn't do, and was suspended. These are two out of many indiscretions by Mr. Hogue and there are many more.
However, the board has chosen to turn a blind eye to many of his discretions because they would have brought a tremendous amount of embarrassment to the district and now, they have the audacity to promote this person to a higher position.
This man has made many mistakes along with the past Principal and thank heavens he has take another job elsewhere. These were two men who should not be around children. The power has gone to their heads and they both should have been removed.
If it's in continuation of Rauschkolbs leadership, we're in trouble.
If he continues on the way he has, with the inability to correctly assess and read students, then things will get worse.
This adds fuel to the idea that we have some really poor leadership both in the board and the administration.
If you really take a hard look at our district, you will see how it does fail our children and the community.
Too many people are now duped by these people and can't see the true reality.
Have we already forgotten how the student who is the victim is the one who gets suspended or expelled?
Are we forgetting about all the wrongfully accussed students under this guy?
Once again, your administration and board are turning blind eyes.