DELPHOS — Doug Westrick has been named superintendent of Delphos schools, effective July 1.
“I was in the classroom for 10 years, mainly at Lima City Schools. I left Lima and went to Swanton Middle School for a year as the dean of students, left Swanton after one year. Went to Bryan High School as the assistant principal, left Bryan to come to Delphos. So I’ve been in Delphos since 2013 as the middle school principal,” he said.
Westrick is appreciative of the opportunity he’s been given in Delphos.
“I enjoy the community of Delphos. There’s a lot of good people here, so to me that was attractive. We’ve got a very hard working, dedicated staff — not just at the middle school, but throughout the district. We’ve got great kids and good parents, so that to me was appealing. I really like what I’m doing currently, but I want to be part of the change process here at Delphos and the opportunity presented itself and the board was confident in my ability so I wanted to be part of that,” said Westrick.
Westrick is looking forward to the new challenge.
“The challenge as a new superintendent in the district is just understanding the position and getting familiar with community stakeholders and making sure that everybody is communicating the vision of the district and making sure that everything is in line,” said Westrick.
As the middle school principal, Westrick still has much to do.
“My main focus right now is the middle school with all of the days of school that we’ve missed and testing right around the corner. We’re also in the process of adding fifth graders to the middle school, so that’s a big challenge for us. We’re spending a lot of time to making sure we get that handled well to make sure our students know what’s going on and the expectations of our parents so they feel comfortable and confident in our ability to make that transition happen, so that’s the priority right now,” said Westrick.
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