Sandusky Central Catholic School has hired its second new principal for the upcoming school year.
Dennis Antonelli, a Huron native with 12 years of teaching experience, will oversee students in grades 6-12, according to a Monday news release.
"I am excited for this opportunity," Antonelli said. "I believe in Catholic education and my work experience will help me continue the great traditions in place here."
Antonelli studied at Bowling Green State University and Ursuline College. His teaching career includes time in both Catholic and public schools.
He and his wife Jacquie have been married seven years and have three children, Benjamin, Jacob and Madison. They live near Cleveland and hope to relocate soon to the Sandusky area.
"Mr. Antonelli brings the necessary faith, experience, vision and energy that will keep our school growing and improving as we move into the future," said the Rev. Michael Roemmele, the school's chancellor.
Three supporters of Catholic education — Judy Monaghan, William Pahl and Denny Rectenwald — spearheaded a search process and recommended Antonelli's hire. Monaghan and Rectenwald are former Sandusky Central Catholic School officials. It was not immediately clear why these three individuals were called upon to help find the new principal.
Monday's announcement comes on the heels of school of two administrator departures and reshuffling of the school's leadership structure.
Earlier this year, Sandusky Central Catholic School's K-12 principal, Mike Savona, and president, Melody Curtis, both announced their intent to leave the school. Savona retired, while Curtis accepted a job as principal of Immaculate Conception School in Bellevue.
School officials recently hired school alumna Paula Roth as principal of preschool through fifth-grade students.
Roemmele replaced Curtis, while officials split Savona's responsibilities and created Roth and Antonelli's positions.
Note: Because Sandusky Central Catholic School is a private school and not funded by tax dollars, it is not required to release an administrator's contract or pay rate to the Register.
Coming this week — Faber's fate?
Check out sanduskyregister.com Tuesday or pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register to learn about 31-year athletic director Dennis Faber's abrupt departure from Sandusky Central Catholic School.