At the June 1, 2021, Board of Education meeting, the North Ridgeville City Schools board approved the hiring of David Pritt to become the assistant superintendent and Lee Armbruster to become the coordinator of community partnerships and educational opportunities. Their administrative duties go into effect on August 1, 2021.
Pritt replaces Keith Ahearn as assistant superintendent – Ahearn accepted the position of superintendent at the Fairview Park City Schools in April. Pritt has worked at NRCS for 22 years and has been the director of curriculum and instruction for the past eight years. During his tenure at NRCS, he taught English language arts at North Ridgeville Middle School for nine years, was an assistant principal at NRMS for four years, and was the principal at Lear North Elementary for one year.
“It was a privilege being the director of curriculum and instruction and I am proud of the strides the district made academically,” Pritt said. “I look forward to the new tasks and challenges ahead and maintaining a positive culture and environment for our staff and students.”
Armbruster replaces Annie Hostetler, the former director of alternative education who was hired as the district’s human resource director in May. The coordinator of community partnerships and educational opportunities is an expanded role of the director of alternative education.
Armrbruster has been at NRCS for 13 years. She was a seventh-grade teacher at NRMS for five years, an assistant principal at NRMS for three years, the Wilcox Elementary principal for one year, the North Ridgeville Academic Center 5-6 principal for one year, and has been the NRAC 5-8 principal since 2018.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time being a principal, but the chance to become the coordinator of community partnerships and educational opportunities was truly exciting and interested me,” Armrbruster said. “I look forward to developing innovative strategies to expand career and educational opportunities for our students.”
NRCS Board of Education President Frank Vacha and Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio expressed their thoughts on what made each candidate suitable for their roles.
“During his tenure at the North Ridgeville City Schools, Mr. Pritt has built a positive rapport with teachers and administrators and has demonstrated great leadership skills,” Vacha said. “In addition to her educational experience, Mrs. Armbruster has great connections with many business leaders in North Ridgeville.”
“Mr. Pritt’s work ethic, intelligence, and innovation made him the right fit to be the assistant superintendent. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he played an essential role with the development of the Ranger Restart plan,” Ramsey-Caserio said. “Mrs. Armrbruster has an outstanding network of business professionals which will allow students to learn about educational and career opportunities.”