Board of education OKs Hesse as SHS principal |

Board of education OKs Hesse as SHS principal

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Jim Hesse

FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit School Board unanimously approved Summit High School assistant principal Jim Hesse Wednesday night as the Tigers’ next principal.A 20-member selection committee of parents, students and staff selected Hesse from a pool of 20 applicants.

“We’re very excited,” said PTSO co-president Jane Shields, who sat on the committee. “I feel like he loves the kids, and the kids love him, too. He has a plan and a vision for this school, and it’s very academic – making sure every student that walks out of here has a direction.”Hesse spent eight years as a principal in Michigan before retiring and moving to Summit County, when his wife, Iva Katz-Hesse, was named principal of Summit Middle School. He came out of retirement to fill his current role.”I’ve been here a couple years now, and I’ve had a lot of experience running high schools,” Hesse said. “When I think of the wonderful possibilities we could be looking at, I can’t really place a timeline on that, but I know I can’t get it all done in a year or two. Rather than saying I’m making a multiyear commitment, I’ve got a commitment to making this a better place in various areas.”

Hesse’s immediate projects include hiring an assistant principal, designing a new career and technical wing, creating the 2005-2006 schedule and staffing open positions.He replaces Frank Mencin, who retires at the end of the school year.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or

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