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SCCS losing top administrators

Alissa Widman Neese • Apr 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Sandusky Central Catholic School’s top two administrators will leave their posts at the end of the school year.

First-year president Melody Curtis announced Monday she has accepted a job as principal of Immaculate Conception School in Bellevue.

K-12 principal Mike Savona, in his fifth year of employment, is set to retire from education at the same time.

Sandusky Central Catholic School board president Tamara Humphrey confirmed the departures Thursday.

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Curtis is resigning for personal reasons, including a desire to return to a hands-on job where she can interact more with students, Humphrey said. She previously worked as executive director of Monroe Catholic Elementary Schools in Michigan.

“An opportunity became available and she decided it was time to make a change” Humphrey said.

Curtis and Savona both had one-year contracts with the school, which were set to expire June 30. The school employs all staff members through one-year contracts.

The school board is now searching for permanent replacements for both administrators, as well as another principal, Humphrey said.

One principal will oversee grades K-6, while another will be responsible for grades 7-12.

“The board is looking forward to continuing on the great path Melody and Mike put us on,” Humphrey said. “Although administrators may come and go, our mission for our families remains the same”

During her short tenure at Sandusky Central Catholic School, Curtis secured new streams of funding for the school and also refreshed its strategic plan. She was subjected national scrutiny, however, following the forced resignation of gay band director Brian Panetta from the school earlier this year.

It’s unclear who was ultimately responsible for Panetta’s departure. The school attributed the decision to mandates from the Catholic Diocese of Toledo, but the diocese claimed the choice was local.

In his five years with the district, Savona implemented many service-based programs for his students, including the popular “house system,” which pairs older and younger students together to complete community projects.

A copy of the letter distributed to school families this week regarding Curtis’ resignation will be available atsanduskyregister.com  .

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