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Black River hires high school principal

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SULLIVAN TWP. — Black River Schools moved quickly to hire its new high school principal.

On the night the board of education accepted the resignation of Martin Yoder, it hired his replacement.

Tracey Lambdin, a 1991 graduate of Black River, was hired as the new principal of his alma mater at a special meeting Monday. His two-year contract will run Aug. 1 through July 31, 2020. He will earn about $83,000 a year, Superintendent Chris Clark said Wednesday.

Lambdin said he plans to make an impact on the lives of students and staff by integrating instructional practices that are relevant, rigorous and engaging in the areas of academics, arts and athletics.

“As a leader, I focus largely on collaboration and being reflective in my practices,” Lambdin said in a statement. “I enjoy the process of offering support to staff members so they can instill in students the value of effective leadership. The vision of the district is to create ‘world-class citizens.’ I look forward to working as a team with the Black River staff to inspire our students to fulfill this vision.”

Lambdin has held key leadership roles in Akron Schools, including most recently as instructional assistant principal for the past seven years.

With a master’s degree in principalship from the University of Akron, as well as several professional certifications and licensures, Lambdin said he is more than prepared to commit to his new role at Black River with enthusiasm.

In his new position, he said his short-term goals include establishing standards of effective communication, creating a collaborative unit among staff members and prioritizing consistency on a communitywide scale.

Over the long term, Lambdin said he hopes to achieve an excellent report card that showcases the high school’s dynamic learning environment.

“As a graduate of Black River High School, I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity to return to my alma mater and reconnect with the wonderful community,” Lambdin said. “I would like everyone to know that my door is always open — not only for students and teachers, but for parents and community members, as well.”

In addition to his educational experiences, Lambdin is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators.

“We are all looking forward to Tracey’s appointment as high school principal and know he will make a positive impact on the lives of students, staff members and our community at large,” Clark said. “He is passionate about serving our district to the best of his abilities, and I look forward to all that he will do for Black River.”

Yoder, who was principal at Black River for six years, left for an assistant principal post at Wooster Junior High.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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