Belpre BOE hires new principal

BELPRE – Belpre City Schools District Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday to approve two matters: the hiring of new employees and longer work days for employees this summer.

The board unanimously approved to employ Rachael Tullius as a kindergarten through 12 intervention specialist and former Barlow-Vincent Elementary School teacher Joy Edgell as principal of Belpre Elementary School.

Tullius previously worked as an intervention specialist at Ewing School in Marietta and spent a year as a substitute in the Belpre district.

“We have tried to lure her our way before,” said current elementary school principal Bernie Boice of Tullius. “I have had the opportunity to see her work and am pleased to see her coming here.”

Belpre Superintendent Tony Dunn said he spoke to Edgell today and he believes she is the perfect candidate to fill the principal position, which will be open July 31.

“She sounds just as bright and cheery as the first time we spoke with her,” Dunn said. “She is very excited about being here.”

Dunn added he has spent a “considerable” amount of time with her for the three interviews the district conducted and looks forward to working with her.

“I think she is a very strong candidate for principal and can help us grow and develop,” he said.

Edgell previously taught at Cutler and Barlow-Vincent elementary schools. She will fill the position left by Boice when he becomes the district director of instruction, following the retirement of Larry Lorentz on July 31.

The board approved to hire Matthew Morris as the technical support coordinator. Morris formerly worked for Tri-County schools.

“I am pleased with this slate of candidates,” Dunn told the board.

The board unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding between the board and the local Ohio Association of Public School Employees to set a 10-hour work day through the summer.

This modified work week option will be for employees working in the custodial and maintenance crews during the summer. It will give some of those employees the option of working four, 10-hour days each week.

“This change will allow us some flexibility with hourly employees,” Dunn said. “We are hoping it will work well.”

Dunn said this schedule change will not include all employees working through the summer.