Sycamore Adds New Administrators to District Team
Sycamore Community Schools is restructuring and adding new administrative staff to better support the growing needs of students, staff, and families.
On May 2, the Board of Education approved the creation of two new district positions after an extensive year-long evaluation of the capacity of the district’s leadership team. The analysis revealed a need for additional supports, specifically, in the areas of curriculum and behavioral supports.
“Our analysis clearly revealed that these areas within our organization structure should be strengthened to provide students opportunities to reach their full potential and reduce barriers to their learning,” said Frank Forsthoefel, superintendent. “The addition of these positions falls within the Board of Education’s financial parameters.”
The new Director of Curriculum and Instruction will be responsible for overseeing all issues related to teaching and learning for grades PK-12 in partnership with appropriate leadership. The director will work collaboratively with department supervisors, subject leaders, and staff to ensure best practices across all grade levels.
The new Pupil Support Supervisor will oversee critical components of pupil support services including positive behavior interventions, mental health services, and supports for students with behavioral challenges. The supervisor will also lead the district’s initiatives with mental health support.
A team of teachers and administrators embarked on a rigorous process of vetting over 50 candidates from inside and outside the district.
On June 6, The Board approved the hiring of Kelly Wegener as new Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Lisa Zelvy as Pupil Support Supervisor. The Board was able to approve these additional positions within the district’s budget parameters.
Wegener comes to Sycamore from Hamilton County Educational Service Center where she has spent the last four years as an Education Consultant and Director of Curriculum, serving districts across Hamilton County, including here in Sycamore Schools. Prior to that, Wegener was the Secondary Math Curriculum Specialist at Lakota Local Schools.
Zelvy has served as the eighth-grade assistant principal at Sycamore Junior High for the past five years. Prior to coming to Sycamore, Zelvy was the Positive Behavior Support Specialist in West Clermont Local Schools. She also has served at the Clermont County Educational Service Center and Winton Woods Local School District.
The Board has also approved Misty Belfrom to replace Zelvy as assistant principal at Sycamore Junior High. Belfrom has served as the Special Education Department Supervisor at the junior high since 2016. She also served as an intervention specialist during the 2015-2016 school year. Prior to coming to Sycamore, Belfrom worked as an intervention specialist at Lebanon City Schools for six years and as an education coordinator for Home for Life at Monroe City Schools.
“Each of these exemplary people brings a servant approach to their leadership and will be major contributors to our unyielding efforts to continue to raise the bar for our students and our district,” said Forsthoefel.