With the West Clermont school board’s recent approval of Keith Kline as its new assistant superintendent, the Lakota school district will be entering the 2012-2013 school year with different principals at both high schools.
Kline, who has served as the principal at Lakota East since 2007, will serve as the assistant superintendent of administration and personnel at West Clermont. Kline will replace current Assistant Superintendent Al Delgado.
His responsibilities will include recruitment, employee hiring, retention and evaluation, contract negotiations and employee grievances, and liaison to the teachers union.
In his new position, Kline will have the salary of $123,746. This year, Kline’s salary at Lakota East was $106,844.
The job opening for Lakota East principal was posted on lakotaonline.com May 1. Like Kline, the new principal will oversee both the Lakota East main and freshman campuses. Combined, the two schools have approximately 2,700 students.
The job description lists a salary of $91,000-to-$118,000 based on experience. The date of employment is Aug. 1.
Meanwhile, Richard Hamilton, who has served as the principal at Lakota West for the past 13 years, is retiring at the end of the school year in July.
Hamilton’s plan in retirement, which was announced in December of 2011, is to return to coaching.
Next year, he will help coach the Lakota East and Lakota West varsity swimming programs. He has also coached swimming at Glen Oak, Wooster and Princeton high schools, as well as served as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois University.
In April, the school board voted unanimously to promote Gary Elgin Card, associate principal at the Lakota West Freshman Campus, to the position of principal at Lakota West. Card’s two-year contract includes a base salary of $100,000.
This year, Hamilton’s salary was $110,370.