MARIETTA - Another Washington County Career Center administrator moved up the ladder Tuesday as Mike Elliott was approved as the new secondary director.
Elliott has served as assistant secondary director at the career center for three years. The director's position opened last month when Dennis Blatt was approved as the career center's new superintendent, set to take over July 1 following the retirement of Superintendent Roger Bartunek.
"(I'm) absolutely ecstatic," Elliott said after the career center board's unanimous vote to make him director during its regular meeting Tuesday. "I love the students, and I love the staff. I'm a fortunate person. I enjoy coming to work each day."
Photo by Evan Bevins
Fleming resident Jim Gibson, left, and his son, Scott, look at the house built by Washington County Career Center students prior to Tuesday’s auction. The elder Gibson wound up placing the winning bid for the house at $48,000.
Elliott will earn an annual salary of $89,959. His current salary is $73,921.
Blatt said Elliott was the only candidate to apply for the job after it was posted internally.
"I'm excited about Mike being the director," Blatt said. "He's got a special way with students. He's very well respected by our staff. And he has experience as a principal at Marietta High School that will serve him well here."
Elliott was principal at the high school for five years before joining the career center staff. Prior to that he served two years as assistant principal at the high school and four years as assistant principal at Marietta Middle School.
"We're very pleased to advance him from the assistant to the director and feel he's very qualified and will do an outstanding job," career center board President Larry Holdren said.
The vote came after a nearly two-hour executive session, although Holdren told Elliott that another personnel matter took up most of that time.