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SHS principalship could be an inside job

FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High School (SHS) assistant principal Jim Hesse may move up a notch. The SHS principal search committee has selected Hesse as its top candidate to take over leadership at the school, beginning next school year after current principal Frank Mencin retires.The committee, composed of 20 parents, staff, students and community members, interviewed seven candidates from among 20 applicants.It settled on two finalists, one of which was Hesse. The other finalist, withdrew her name from consideration.Committee members made their final decision Monday night to recommend Hesse to the board of education.”The group was unanimous in lending its support to Jim Hesse,” said superintendent Millie Hamner. “It’s unfortunate that one candidate backed out, but Jim had so much support among all the stakeholders, it probably would have turned out this way anyway. People see him as someone who can carry on at the high school without skipping a beat.”The board of education is scheduled to approve or deny the recommendation at its meeting Wednesday night.Hesse served as a principal in Michigan before he moved to Summit County almost three years ago. Hesse’s wife, Iva Katz-Hesse, is the Summit Middle School principal.Mencin is retiring at the end of the 2004-2005 school year.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or

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