A new superintendent is set to take over at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center starting in July.
Michelle Patrick, currently the assistant superintendent at the Mid-East Career Technology Center in Zanesville, was named the next superintendent by the school’s board. She will replace Rick Smith, who served as superintendent at the school for seven years. He will take over the Warren County CTC starting next year.
“I’ve been aspiring to be a superintendent specifically for a technology center because I absolutely love what we stand for,” Patrick said.
Next year Patrick will make $107,000 but if she relocates and moves to the county she will make $110,000.
The Springfield-Clark CTC is projected to have around 700 students next year. A career technology center is6 a high school that teaches students trades and aims to prepare them to enter the workforce right out of school. They offer classes in many industries, including health care, automotive, construction and manufacturing.
She has been familiar with the Springfield-Clark CTC for a while and said she believed it was a good move for her career.
“I visited Springfield a couple years ago to look at the innovative ways they were implementing technology in their classrooms,” she said. “When the job came open, it was nice natural next step for me.”
CTC Board of Education President Jamie Callan said he and the board believed she was the right choice for the school.
“She has a lot of career tech experience and is passionate about learning and student achievement,” Callan said. “The board felt, along with the community members that also interviewed the three finalists, that she was the best candidate for our position here.”
During her interviews she displayed a genuine enthusiasm about career technology, he said.
“Her knowledge about career tech and her excitement about being in career tech was exemplary,” he said. “She indicated that she had a passion to be involved and was excited about the opportunity. All of those things for us indicated that she would be able to continue taking us forward with our great programs and achievement that we have been experiencing.”
Patrick said one of her goals as a leader is to build relationships with members of the school and the community.
“Relationships are absolutely critical,” she said. “Sometime it’s not necessarily known by all how closely us in career technology work with businesses.”
Building those relationships will mean more opportunity for students, she said, and for the school to succeed.
Patrick is expected to attend a board meeting June 26 where she will be introduced to the community. Her first day on the job will be July 1.
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