SPARTA — A redistribution of leadership is taking place within the Highland Local School District, particularly at Highland Elementary School. District superintendent William Dodds announced some personnel changes Tuesday following an investigation of failure to follow proper protocol involving two elementary principals.
The district had been operating three separate elementary buildings until 2011 when the move was made to utilize one centralized elementary building in Sparta. Serving as principals here have been Debra Knechtly in grades kindergarten through second grade and Shawn Winkelfoos in grades three through five.
The decision was made recently for Winkelfoos to serve as principal for grades K-5 with the help of two assistants while Knechtly will now be working in the district office.
“We’ve redistributed the work that needs done, and [Knechtly] has a lot of duties and responsibilities here,” said Dodds, who stated that Knechtly’s duties will include CCIP Title reporting, curriculum work, state testing and special education. “These are many things that she’s done for years. So she’s going to retake hold of these items,” he said.
Working as assistants for Winkelfoos will be Amber Clay-Mowry and Pam Mosier-Arnold. Clay-Mowry has been curriculum coordinator and will now work with curriculum and instruction. Mosier-Arnold’s focus will be on special education and supervision. “We had people spread thinly, and it was not allowing us to give enough attention to detail,” explained Dodds. “This just gives us a better opportunity.”
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