At the June 15, 2021, Board of Education meeting, the North Ridgeville City Schools board approved the hiring of a high school principal, Academic Center 3-8 principal, associate elementary principal, and director of curriculum and instruction.
Jamie Lormeau was hired as the high school principal, replacing Tom Szendrey who accepted the position of director of analytics and strategic initiatives with the Educational Service Center of Hamilton County.
Lormeau worked for the past 10 years at Cloverleaf Local Schools – three years as a middle school principal and the last seven years as the principal at Cloverleaf High School. During her time as the high school principal, Lormeau increased the graduation rate from 88% to 93.7%., increased the building performance index, and added six AP and eight college credit plus courses.
“I’m thrilled to be here and I know and hear lots of great things happening in the district. I am excited to get to work,” Lormeau said.
Michael King was hired to be the North Ridgeville Academic Center 3-8 principal. Since 2017, his roles included curriculum director and principal at Berkshire Jr./Sr. High. During his time at Berkshire Local Schools, King implemented innovative strategies that led to academic achievements such as modernizing the building curriculum and creating 10 new AP Courses and eight College-Credit Plus courses at no additional cost.
“Coming to North Ridgeville is very exciting for me because I believe what North Ridgeville does is allow the children the path of their choice, which I believe is the hallmark of what you have been doing. Grades 3-8 is an incredible launching pad for that to happen,” King said. “I’m very honored to be part of the team, I’m looking forward to it, and I cannot wait to get started.”
Dr. Heather Miller, who was the coordinator of curriculum and instruction for the past two years for NRCS, was hired to become the director of curriculum and instruction. She replaces David Pritt who transitioned into the role as the assistant superintendent for the district. During her time at NRCS, Dr. Miller is known for accomplishments such as building a literacy framework for the district through the creation of the District Literacy Plan.
“Having spent two years in the district, I can truly say that it has been an honor to be here and we have made tremendous progress,” Miller said. “I’m just really excited to continue this work in this new expanded role and continue to make sure all of our students have the opportunity to truly become their full potential and move on to bigger and better things when they leave here.”
Stacy Rocco, who spent the last six years as the curriculum and technology teacher for the Lakewood City Schools, will become the associate elementary principal. Ms. Rocco’s accolades include leading year-long professional development for K-2 teachers, piloting the phonics curriculum, and being a member of the team responsible for creating Lakewood’s Reading Improvement Plan.
“I’m super excited to be part of the school district. I love the age group that I’ll be working with and I look forward to working with all of you next year: the teachers, staff, and the students,” Rocco said.
All four hires will begin their administrative duties on August 1, 2021.
“Dr. Miller, Ms. Lormeau, Ms. Rocco, and Mr. King are a great fit for the essential positions at the North Ridgeville City Schools,” NRCS Superintendent Roxann Ramsey-Caserio said. “Based on the experience of the four hires, I believe they will implement creative and effective academic initiatives that will benefit our growing school district. I cannot wait to begin working with them.”