Aurora -- Dana Lambacher, principal at Leighton School, will retire at the end of the school year. Her position will be taken by current Harmon School Assistant Principal Paul Goodwin.
On March 17, the Aurora Board of Education accepted Lambacher's resignation and hired Goodwin. Lambacher's last day will be July 31, which is when Goodwin will begin his new job. A successor to Goodwin has not yet been named.
Lambacher's current salary is $87,652, while Goodwin's salary will be $89,386 when he takes over at Leighton, according to Treasurer Bill Volosin.
Superintendent Russ Bennett said during Lambacher's four years as Leighton principal, she "personally invested all her energy working with the staff and students to insure their educational experience was outstanding."
"I appreciate Dana's dedication and professionalism during her years, and we all appreciate her accomplishments," Bennett said. "We wish her a wonderful retirement. I know she can look back on her years in education with pride, knowing she dedicated her time to the betterment of students."
Lambacher has been an educator for more than 30 years as a preschool teacher, preschool director, elementary teacher and administrator for the last 13 years including the last four years in Aurora as Leighton principal.
"My husband has been retired for several years and waiting for me to take the leap so we can travel, bike, golf and enjoy our grandchildren," Lambacher said. "The Aurora community, families, students and staff can be credited with the many successes at Leighton School. It is a family, and I will miss this wonderful family."
Bennett said, "With Dana retiring, it is the perfect fit for Paul to transition into Leighton School as principal.
"THIS TRANSITION will be very smooth because Paul has been with our district since the 2005-06 school year and is more than capable of continuing our academic strategies."
School Board President Gerald Kohanski said Goodwin is "a veteran educator who has had a major impact as an administrator" at both the high school and middle school.
"We are looking forward to him using his knowledge and abilities to take Leighton to the next performance level," Kohanski said. "We are very fortunate to have him on our administrative team."
Goodwin has been an educator for more than 25 years, including assistant to the superintendent in Chagrin Falls, high school principal in Chardon, assistant principal in Solon and Chagrin Falls, and interim principal in three of the five school buildings in Chagrin Falls.
He began working in Aurora schools as assistant principal at the high school in 2006 and has been assistant principal at Harmon for the last six years.
"I am looking forward to working with the Leighton staff and students," Goodwin said. "I believe that by uniting our different and unique skills, and by working together, we can help a very strong building become an outstanding building."
In other actions at the Board's March 17 meeting, members accepted the resignation for retirement purposes of Ted Linden, a fifth-grade math teacher at Leighton School, after 34 years of service to the district.
The Board also approved three-year contract extensions for Assistant Superintendent or Curriculum and Insruction Pat Ciccantelli, AHS Principal Mike Roberto and Harmon Prinicpal Mark Abramavoch, plus a one-year contract for elementary principal Patty Minrovic.
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