AVON LAKE — The Avon Lake school board unanimously approved the contract for a new principal for Redwood Elementary School.
Lindsey Holeman, currently living in Huron, will begin Aug. 1 with a three-year contract and an annual salary of $92,078.
T.J. Ebert, the soon-to-be former principal, announced his resignation in mid-May to take a job closer to his family. Since then, Avon Lake Superintendent Bob Scott said the district received close to 100 candidates. The district’s interview committee, made up of teachers and administrators, narrowed the candidates to 12, then to four before selecting Holeman in June.
Scott said Holeman stood out to him with her genuine personality and extensive background in areas of education. Not only is she a good pick for Redwood Elementary, he said, but also the district.
“Besides being very knowledgeable, she is a real person and is exactly what you get when you first meet her,” he said. “She is dynamic, collaborative and those are the things we need.”
Holeman will be entering a school in good academic condition, Scott said.
The school scored an overall grade of C, with the lowest grade a D in progress and the highest an A in gap closing, according to the Ohio State Report Card. The district received an overall B grade.
“Mr. Ebert was a phenomenal principal and I hope to pick up right where he left off and I can keep up the reputation of Redwood Elementary,” she said.
Holeman received her bachelor’s degree in education in 2009 and master’s degree in educational administration and supervision in 2016, both from Bowling Green University. Holeman is leaving her position as director of student services at Perkins Schools in Sandusky.
She has worked mostly as an intervention specialist for Sandusky High School, Perkins High School and Vermilion High School from 2009 to 2015.
She officially starts Aug. 1, but she plans to arrive to the district sooner than that to prepare for the coming school year.