One principal to retire, one renewed

One elementary principal publicly announced his retirement, while another’s contract was extended three years during a meeting this week of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education.

Cridersville Elementary School Principal Dave Tester’s retirement, scheduled for June 30, was approved Tuesday by board members.

Tester said after 32 years teaching and serving as principal, he felt it was time to move on to something else.

“Like many others, changes in the state retirement system pushed me in that direction,” Tester said. “Financially, it makes sense to retire now.”

Tester spent his first two years teaching fifth- and sixth-graders at Jackson Center before in 1982 coming to Wapakoneta City Schools, where he taught first- and second-graders at Centennial Elementary School, then fourth-grade at Northridge Elementary School. He has spent the past 17 years as principal at Cridersville.

Under Tester, the school, which has a high number of low income students, received state recognition several times as a School of Promise.

“We will miss you, so will Cridersville,” Superintendent Keith Horner said. “The entire district will miss you.”

Board members approved extending the contract of Wapakoneta Elementary School Principal Mark Selvaggio for another three years through July 31, 2016

Selvaggio began with the district in 2000 as principal at Northridge Elementary before becoming co-principal, and then principal of Wapakoneta Elementary School, when it opened. His salary is $87,741.

Other retirements accepted by the board this week were those of Cridersville Elementary School teacher Victoria Bailey, effective June 30, Wapakoneta High School teacher William Dellinger, effective May 31, and elementary psychologist Roberta Parker, effective June 30.

Horner thanked all the staff members for their years of service.

The resignation of Amber Hoisington also was accepted, effective June 4.

Horner said they are still undecided about what they will do to fill the part-time special education position she holds at the high school.

“We had two part-time people,” Horner said. “One may become full time or we may add another part-time person. The need is still there.”

Hoisington was hired by the board in August.