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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FTIS Turnover at the Top: "Only One Unexpected Change"

Mark Goetz.
The turnover rate for the 2015-16 school year among the Fort Thomas Independent School District principals seems unusual too many and FTIS Superintendent Dr. Gene Kirchner agrees.

Kirchner said of the three, only one was not expected. One expected change was Highlands Middle School Principal Mark Goetz' retirement. Goetz has been in that position for four years. Michael Howton will take his place.

"(Goetz) has done an incredible job at HMS, but is ready to move on to another chapter in his life," Kirchner said. "We certainly wish him all the best. (Howton) is an innovative instructional leader with a proven record of success. We are very excited to have Michael on board."

Matthew Haskamp. 

Matt Haskamp's departure from the principal position at Ruth Moyer Elementary to Highlands as the Director of Athletics/Assistant Principal also resulted indirectly from a retirement. FTIS decided to take a different approach to the AD position when Dale Mueller announced his retirement. Highlands Middle School Assistant Principal Dr. Dawn Labor will take his spot.

Dawn Laber.

"Highlands (High) will be over 1,000 students next school year," Kirchner said. "As such, we thought it best to have a full-time AD/Assistant Principal going forward. Matt Haskamp decided that he very much wanted to return to Highlands in order to serve in that capacity. He has a strong background in secondary administration and athletics. Being the AD at Highlands is his dream job. (Laber) is an outstanding instructional leader with an extensive background in elementary education. I have no doubt that Moyer will soar to new heights under her new leadership."

Kirchner said the surprise came at Johnson. Current principal Tonya Brummer accepted a teaching position at Beechwood after serving as Johnson principal for a year.

Tonya Brummer.

"This was largely a family decision on her part," Kirchner said. "Her children attend school at Beechwood and she has found it very difficult to balance being a principal in Fort Thomas with being a mother in Fort Mitchell. Though it was a difficult choice for her to make, she decided that it would be best for her family to accept a teaching position at Beechwood. We respect her family first decision and wish her well going forward. She has done an excellent job as principal."

Her replacement has not been named yet. Kirchner said the Johnson SBDM council is in the selection process and he has faith in the council's decision.

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