Hudson -- When returning students, teachers and staffers begin the traditional fall filling of schools Aug. 21, there will be several noticeable changes, mainly in the administrative ranks.
The around 4,700 students who will converge on the six schools that make up the Hudson City School District will find a new district leader in Superintendent Phil Herman. Herman took over for Steve Farnsworth who retired in during the summer.
Doreen Osmun, former director of curriculum and instruction, is now assistant superintendent, replacing Herman. However, Osmun will still maintain her duties, remaining in charge of curriculum and instruction, Herman said.
Lisa Hunt, former Ellsworth Hill Principal, took over as human resources director over the summer. The position had been held by Herman.
According to Hunt, 367 certified teachers and 245 classified staffers will be joining the students this year.
Jen Filomena was moved from principal of East Woods Elementary to Ellsworth Hill and Paul Milcetich, former unit principal at Hudson High School, took over the helm at East Woods.
The Board also hired Michael Sedlak as the new Hudson Middle School assistant principal. Sedlak, former assistant principal at Chardon High School, took over for Kim Cockley, who was promoted to principal earlier this summer when Chuck DiLauro retired.
Beth Trivelli, who had been the principal at Crestwood Primary since 2010, was hired to take over as principal at Evamere Elementary School.
Trivelli took over for Andrew Wilson, who announced he wanted to return to the classroom.
"Over the next few weeks, our staff and administrative team are focused on getting the school year off to a smooth start for each of our students," Herman said Aug. 13. "As the school year goes on, I am looking forward to the progress on some of the exciting and challenging initiatives that we have underway and are continuing for the 2013-14 school year."
The initiatives include a continued revision of instructional practices to empower our students to solve challenging problems.
"Our teachers and administrators are aligning our curriculum to the common core, enabling students to use Internet accessible devices in exploration, and developing opportunities for our students to apply their learning in real-world situations," Herman said.
A new student information system, SunGard, is being implemented.
The system will "put data and information into the hands of the individuals who need it the most, our teachers, parents and students," Herman said.
Students and faculty will also see an increase in security in the 2013-14 school year, Herman said.
The district is also making plans to implement the Ohio Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems and developing a new district website that will be "easier to navigate, provide more pertinent and consistent information for parents and community, and is mobile ready," Herman added.
Herman also looks to continue "maintaining a focus on operating in ways that preserve our financial resources."
"I want our parents, staff, and students to know that while we are facing rapid changes in our world and in education which may sometimes be unsettling, those changes can be built on the steady foundation of values that have led to success in Hudson," he said. "When, as a community and school system, we model integrity, honesty, work ethic, desire to learn, caring, perseverance, creativity and compassion, together we can prepare our students to meet the many challenges and opportunities they will encounter in Hudson and beyond."
For more information on changes, class times or building meetings visit www.hudson.edu.