Boyne schools hire new student success coordinator, athletic director and alternative high school director
Recent changes in administrative staff at Boyne City Public Schools include the placement of (left to right) David Hills as high school and middle school athletic director, Erin Bybee as high school student success coordinator and Cody Wilcox as alternative high school director. (December 11, 2012)
The board approved each of three recent appointments made by the superintendent at the meeting.
After the resignation of middle school principal Jeff Bensley in October, a shifting of administrative officers began, which allowed the schools to fill all open positions from within and cover any gaps left with the addition of a part-time substitute teacher.
In November, the board approved Mike Wilson to replace Bensley in the middle school as principal. Before the change, Wilson was student success coordinator and athletic director at the high school.
More recently, Erin Bybee, formerly the director of Boyne Valley Alternative High School, was hired as the new high school student success coordinator. A social studies teacher at the alternative high school, Cody Wilcox, has been promoted to fill the position Bybee left.
Finally, David Hills, a high school teacher and coach was tapped to fill the athletic director position, while maintaining a portion of his teaching duties. Two sections Hills previously taught will be taken up by a substitute teacher for the remainder of the year.
Boyne City High School's new student success coordinator, Bybee, has worked for the district for seven years, first as a teacher at the alternative high school, then as the school's director.
"I'm looking forward to having a positive impact on a larger group of students," she said, "Also, I'm excited to work in a general education setting and all the things that come with that."
One of her goals, she said, is to become involved with and expand SAFE, the student-led drug and alcohol safety and awareness program at the school.
"She was a terrific director there," said Moss of Bybee's time as director of the alternative high school, "She's a perfect fit with the high school in working with students that might be having a hard time."
The new director of Boyne Valley Alternative Education, Cody Wilcox, has worked for the district for three years as a social studies teacher at the alternative high school. The school, located in Boyne Falls, is part of the district and serves struggling students from Boyne City schools as well as students ordered by courts to attend from other districts.
"I like the group of kids I'm working with. It's a neat group of kids," said Wilcox.
There are some "big changes" being implemented this year at the school, started by Bybee, he said. The biggest change he is working to continue is the creation of senior portfolios for all graduating students. The portfolios compile information for the students so that upon graduation they have access to writing samples, resumes, have job applications filled out, "real world application," said Wilcox.
"His views and vision match what Erin had begun out there," said Moss of the new director, "And he has ideas of his own to make it better."
The new athletic director for Boyne City high and middle schools, David Hills, has been a social studies and physical education teacher at the high school for nearly 13 years. He is also the varsity football coach.
"I've been involved in athletics all my life. I think it's a key component of the educational process," said Hills.
"You have been more interested in kids' educational futures and on into life than about legacy. I thank you very much,' said board member Ross McLane to Hills.
McLane expressed concern that rather than hiring Hills as a full-time athletic director, the superintendent had decided to incorporate teaching duties with the position.
Hills will continue to teach physical education in the morning and complete his athletic director duties in the afternoon.
Because Wilson moved from the student success coordinator to the middle school principal job, the duties would be too much, said Moss, to continue as athletic director. So, the school had two choices -- fill the position as it had been before, or save on costs by incorporating the responsibilities into a teacher's daily tasks.
"If we can reassign administrative staff at cost neutral or savings, I would think that would be not a bad way to do it," said Moss.
Next year, a teacher will be hired to fill the gap in the afternoon left by Hills, said Moss, but for now, it will be the responsibility of a substitute teacher.
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