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Springfield names school administrators

Some leaders transferred, one hired from outside the district.

Springfield City Schools shuffled several administrators and added another during the board of education’s regular meeting last week.

Marvin Jones II will leave his post as principal of the Exploratory Academy at Springfield High School to become director of Middle Schools, Alternative Education and Student Services within the Central Office.

Jones has training in and experience with problem-based learning, which is currently being developed in Springfield’s middle schools, and experience at the middle school level and has served as a disciplinary hearing office, according to the district.

“I’ve worked in a few districts and this, by far, is second to none, and so I’m very privileged to be a part of such a dynamic team, one that focuses on student learning. And I’m very eager to engage the work necessary to continue moving district forward,” Jones said.

His former post will be filled by Carol Dunlap, who leaves her position as the student support facilitator at Warder Park Elementary School. She and her husband and two of her three children are graduates of the district; her third child is a senior.

“I believe in this district, I’m glad to move forward in this position and take a leadership role at our high school and be part of the continuing success of this high school,” she said. She began work in the district in 1997.

Also moving to a new position is Brentt Hogan as dean of students at Springfield High School. He transfers to that spot from Hayward Middle School, where he taught health and physical education.

The dean of students position replaces the assistant principal position from which Eddie Ford retired.

New hire Gerry Griffith joins Springfield City Schools as principal of the International Arts and Communications Academy at Springfield High School. Most recently, Griffith was principal of Jefferson Twp. Jr./Sr. High School in Montgomery County.

Additionally, Steve Whitacre was appointed to direct the preschool program at the Clark Center.

Jones, Hogan and Griffith will report to new Springfield High School Campus Director Jonathan Kuehnle, who was hired at the June 27 board meeting. He begins work Aug. 1.

The school board voted unanimously on the appointments.

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