Hancock County Schools faced with personnel changes

NEW CUMBERLAND — Two of Hancock County Schools’ top administrators will start the new school years in different districts.

During a special meeting Monday, the Hancock County Board of Education accepted the resignations of Weir High School Assistant Principal Mike McKenzie and the district’s transportation director, Matthew Shepherd — two of the six that appeared on Monday’s agenda.

According to Superintendent Tim Woodward, Shepherd — who has been with Hancock County Schools for about five years — accepted a position as a principal in the Edison Local School District. His resignation with Hancock County takes effect Aug. 10.

Although stated he had resigned effective July 20 due to personal reasons, McKenzie was hired July 16 by the Beaver Local School District as the high school’s assistant principal — succeeding Jim Riccardo, who was promoted to high school principal — and as the district’s athletic director, succeeding Rick Prescott, who now serves as a principal in the Wellsville school district.

For the past year, McKenzie had split his time between Weir High as assistant principal and the Beaver Local School District as head varsity football coach — he will be entering his second season this fall with the Beavers. McKenzie took over last year for Jeremy McElroy, who accepted a position with Geneva College’s football program.

Prior to joining Beaver Local, McKenzie served as head coach for the Swanton, Indian Valley and Edison football teams, as well as Weir’s offensive coordinator from 2013-15.

Meanwhile, the other four resignations accepted by the board were from Weir Middle School seventh grade teacher Amy Bordash, effective July 25; Weir High football assistant Anthony Pompa, effective July 18; Oak Glen High football assistant Edson “Ted” Arneault, effective July 20; and Weirton Elementary cook Debra Board, effective Aug. 10.

Pompa and Arneault departed citing personal reasons, Bordash sought other employment, and Board submitted her request to retire.

Also in personnel matters, the board approved the hirings of eight certified teachers. Those teachers are Samantha McCoy as a multi-category/Autism teacher at New Manchester Elementary; Joy Rhodes as a school nurse at Weir high and middle schools; Ashley Montgomery as preschool special needs teacher at Allison Elementary; Ruth Ann Higgins as a multi-category/Autism teacher at Weir; Brendan Muchian as an English teacher at Weir; Kimberly Everly as an administrative assistant in the superintendent’s office; Lily Corathers as a music teacher at Weir Middle; and Cheryl Meadows as a math teacher at Weir Middle.

The board also approved the hiring of Leah Nicole Anderson as a countywide Braille/Sign Language Specialist/Aide for the coming school year. Her hire is pending favorable fingerprint results.

Also approved were substitutes for the 2018-19 school year, which include custodians Margaret Boring and Cody Starr and cook Monya Early. All three approvals are pending favorable fingerprint results.

Also hired on the sports end were Christopher Michael as football assistant for Oak Glen High, along with McClellen Fetty and David Cowden as football assistants at Weir High. Michael’s hiring is pending certification, while Fetty and Cowden’s positions will be paid by the boosters club.

In addition, the board approved the transfers of 16 employees, nine of which are certified and seven classified.


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