New Principal Hired For Amesville Elementary School

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Lisa Imel has been hired as the new principal for Amesville Elementary in the Federal Hocking school district.

Imel will fill the role vacated by the retirement of long-time principal Kim Chadwell. Chadwell's retirement came in January after being announced in November 2013. At that time she agreed to fill in on a per diem basis after a two-month separation as required by the state. Chadwell has served as the principal at Amesville since 2000 when she came over from Federal Hocking Middle School. 

The board unanimously approved the hiring of Imel on a one-year contract. The contract is in the amount of $72,000 for the 2014-15 school year. In addition, Supt. George Wood was authorized to hire Imel on a per diem basis as needed during the remainder of the 2013-14 school year. The per diem rate is to be $325 per day. 

"We are excited to have Ms. Imel joining our staff," said Wood. "Her background, her extensive experience, and her commitment to developmentally appropriate practices in the elementary school fits well with our overall mission. I look forward to working with her, and I know the Amesville staff shares this anticipation."

Originally from London, Ohio, Imel is a graduate of Ada High School who then completed her undergraduate work at Bowling Green State University. Imel completed her master's degree at the University of Toledo and is currently working on her superintendent licensure at Ohio University. 

Imel has served as the assistant principal at the high school and middle school levels after teaching for seven years. She is currently working as an education consultant for a private elementary school in Columbus. 

"I am excited to be here," said Imel of taking on the role of principal at Amesville Elementary. 

Imel, who was in attendance at Tuesday's meeting, took time to speak with some of the staff in attendance before meeting with the members of the board in executive session.