Janatovich will take over as Harmon assistant principal

by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER Published:

Aurora -- Michael Janatovich was unanimously approved April 28 by the Aurora Board of Education as the new assistant principal at Harmon School.

He will succeed Paul Goodwin, who will become principal at Leighton School following the retirement of Leighton Principal Dana Lambacher at the end of the school year.

Janatovich, whose three-year contract will run from Aug. 1, 2014, through July 31, 2017, will earn $83,000 a year, according to Superintendent Russ Bennett.

Janatovich, who is employed by Cuyahoga Heights schools, currently is the assistant principal at both the high school and middle school, along with serving as athletic director.

"I am truly excited about the opportunity to join the educational team in Aurora," he said. "It's a great community that creates a positive educational culture. They have such high levels of excellence for their educational system. I'm looking forward to getting in there to meet the staff, students and parents."

Bennett said Janatovich brings "a contagious enthusiasm to the district, and his commitment to students has been well documented in his previous employments. His middle school experience was a critical component besides his leadership abilities."

"During each stage of our interviews, he continually distanced himself from the other candidates," Bennett said. "We are extremely pleased that he is joining our team. I know the parents, staff and students will quickly see the quality individual he is.

"He is excited to work in a district like Aurora that will allow him to be committed solely to the student achievement and help meet our high expectations. His passion for education, students and community will be a great addition."

Janatovich spent eight years as a middle school science and social studies teacher for grades 7-8. He also spent one year in Parma as an eighth-grade social studies teacher.

Email: mlesko@recordpub.com

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