BOE talks value of experience, leadership

Staff Writer

The Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education met for their first summer meeting on Tuesday night with a variety of housekeeping issues to attend to, including hiring a new assistant principal for the vacant position at Wapakoneta Elementary School.

Nikki Sutton, the former assistant principal at the Elementary School, will be taking on the same role at Wapakoneta Middle School next school year.

In a unanimous vote, the Board voted to hire Andrew Golden, a Wapakoneta native and science teacher at Van Wert Middle School, to a 1-year contract, to assume Sutton's former position.

But the vote did not come without some hesitation from one Board member.

Greg Ruppert expressed some concern over the hire, citing Golden's level of teaching experience.

"In order to guide teachers to success, administrators should have ample opportunity to hone his or her skill set in a classroom setting," the former Wapakoneta math and science teacher said. "I would prefer it if Drew had more years in the classroom before moving into an administrative position."

However, Ruppert did not...

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