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Interim principal to finish school year at Willetts Middle School

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BRUNSWICK – An interim principal will finish out the school year after the midyear resignation of Principal Brian Miller.

Miller, who has been at Willetts Middle School for more than a decade and also served as assistant principal, will officially resign on June 24. He is on medical leave, according to a resignation letter he submitted Jan. 8.

“Thank you very much for the opportunity you and the Board of Education have given me to work for Brunswick City Schools over the past 15 years,” Miller wrote in the two-sentence letter to Superintendent Michael Mayell.

Further details about his leave are not available.

Longtime educator Linda Simon will serve as interim principal. Simon started in the position Wednesday after the school board approved her hire.

“Linda was our first choice,” said Michael Draves, head of personnel for Brunswick Schools.

“She is a retired administrator that had worked numerous years in Berea and Strongsville and has a good deal of experience doing interim principal positions since her retirement.

“She’s done interim jobs in Avon and Elyria and most recently, just this year, in Westlake.”

Simon retired nearly 10 years ago, but her involvement in education and her skills as an interim principal caught the district’s attention.

According to Draves, Miller became available just about a week before the district needed to fill the position.

“She’s done a lot of these kinds of positions since then,” Mayell said.

During her time in the position, Simon will make a $450 per diem on a contract that will not exceed 80 days.

The search for a new school principal will begin this school year.

“We will begin looking into that around spring break time,” Draves said.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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