SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Board of Education added a new face to its administration Wednesday.
The board unanimously approved the appointment of Paula Troutman as the middle school principal and welcomed her to the district.
The position was vacated by former principal Julie Schwab at the beginning of June and since that time the district set out to find a good fit for the position.
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The Silver Creek Board of Education welcomed Paula Troutman (right) as the new middle school principal Wednesday. Troutman is pictured with Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich.
"We're very excited to have Mrs. Troutman here with us. She is going to be a fabulous addition to our leadership team and to the district. ... We had 20 applicants, a very talented pool of candidates, but there was no doubt in anybody on the two committees' minds that she was the person that was right for our district," Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich said.
Troutman comes to Silver Creek after serving as the elementary school principal and director of instruction at Westfield Academy and Central School.
"She comes to us from Westfield where she was the director of instruction and she has worked in some of the areas we are very interested in making priorities here, particularly including the common core shifts into our curriculum. We are very excited she is going to be a part of that," Ljiljanich added.
Troutman said she is excited to start in her new position with the district.
"I would like to thank you very much for this opportunity. I have heard wonderful things about Silver Creek from the community and the school, students and staff and I couldn't be more excited to be here and be a part of it," she said.
In other business:
According to Ljiljanich, the issue with the village over a charge for salt was resolved after the shared services agreement, signed after the school helped with a grant for a salt barn, was discussed with mayor Kurt Lindstrom. He said the agreement guarantees the district free salt until the 2017-18 school year.
The board tabled two resolutions for the creation and appointment of a .5 FTE teaching assistant. Board President Martha Howard said because of the strategic planning the district has underway and the limited resources it has, she would like to look into the problem before acting on the resolution. Ljiljanich said this can be the topic of the next workshop to be held prior to the board meeting Aug. 22.