WESTFIELD TWP. — For the first time in at least a decade, a member of the Cloverleaf Schools teaching staff has been elevated to an administrative position within the district.
Monday night, the school board approved a three-year contract for Nicole Stalter, a 10-year Cloverleaf employee, as director of special services, effective Aug. 1.
“Nicki has served as a school psychologist here in our district for all 10 years of her experience,” Superintendent Daryl Kubilus said Monday during the meeting. “(She) has been instrumental in the development of our response to intervention processes, as well as a data specialist and leader in student diagnostics.”
Stalter, who holds a master’s in education and an education specialist degree in school psychology from the University of Cincinnati, will earn $89,500 a year.
The director of special services oversees the districts special education department, as well as nursing services and some aspects of gifted education, Kubilus said before the meeting.
“As a school psychologist within Cloverleaf Local Schools, I have had experiences working with and evaluating students with academic and behavioral difficulties, consulting with teachers, and working with families of students with and without disabilities to help prepare me for this position,” Stalter said in an email Tuesday.
Kubilus said the position requires excellent communication skills with the parents of students with special needs, as well as a working knowledge of the laws associated with individualized education plans, or IEPs.
“There is a process that is involved, so we have to be in compliance with the process, but we also need to be in compliance with the writing of the IEPs, as well as ensuring that our teachers understand changes in the law that effect the writing of those IEPs,” Kubilus said.
Stalter will replace Margo Costello as director of special services.
“Dr. Costello is a retire-rehire,” Kubilus said. “She has been with our district for five years and she is resigning for the purposes of retirement once again.”
Kubilus said the district had three “exemplary internal candidates” apply for the position.
“I am looking forward to working as a partnership with all of the families of Cloverleaf to help the outcomes of our children with disabilities,” Stalter said Tuesday.
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