Board accepts Hanes’ resignation

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — The Piqua Board of Education formally accepted the resignation of Superintendent Rick Hanes during their regular June meeting held Tuesday afternoon.

“We want to recognize his service to Piqua City Schools,” Assistant Superintendent Dave Larson said. Larson added that 10 years as a superintendent is a long time in this day and age.

“We wish Rick the best of luck in his new endeavors,” Larson said.

“We wish you all the best,” board member Frank Patrizio said. “You’ve accomplished quite a bit.”

Hanes’ resignation with be effective July 31. Hanes recently accepted the position of vice president of Business and Community Partnerships with Edison State Community College.

Larson also recently submitted his resignation as well during the board’s regular February meeting and accepted a position as curriculum director at the Miami County Educational Services Center. His resignation is effective at the end of the 2015-16 contract year. Larson will be succeeded by Dwayne Thompson, who currently is director of curriculum and instruction for Piqua City Schools.

The board also accepted the resignation of Piqua High School math teacher Rick Gold. Larson recognized Gold’s efforts as Gold filled in for the district during a “difficult spot.”

Other resignations include those of EMIS Coordinator Jean Hill, sixth-grade teacher Melissa Brandewie, kindergarten teacher Stacey Widney, bus driver Kay Snider, and custodian Scott Stremmel.

The board also welcomed David Loudenback as the new assistant principal at Piqua Central Intermediate.

“We’re excited to have him come aboard,” Larson said.

Also during the board’s meeting, Hanes discussed the possibility of having two waiver days added to the next school year for pre-kindergarten to sixth grade for professional development on standards-based education.

“At Collaborative Leadership, many times we heard, especially (with) the pre-k through third grade staff, they would appreciate time for both buildings to be able to get together and do some professional development,” Hanes said. The proposal would be for pre-k through third grader to have one waiver day in the fall and one in the winter. For fourth through sixth grades, they would have one in the winter.

Piqua City Schools currently has two extra days in their calendar, so they would only need the approval of the board and not the state in order to implement those days.

Hanes also mentioned new walk zones to be implemented during the next school year. The new walk zones show where students living within a certain radius will not get picked up from the bus. The zones are available on the Piqua City School’s website.

The board ended their meeting by going into executive session for the listed purpose of “appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of employee, student and/or school official.” As of press time, the board had not taken any action from the executive session.

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336

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