LEXINGTON — Lexington Public Schools has named a new principal for Sandoz Elementary School.
It is the third and final administrative position to be filled since the resignation of Lexington Middle School Principal Dean Tickle and the ensuing domino effect as district employees switched positions.
Nikki Edeal, most recently an instructional coach for LPS and previously a kindergarten teacher, was selected to lead Sandoz. The vacancy at Sandoz opened after first-year Principal Jason Sullivan, formerly a middle school social studies teacher, was hired to be the new assistant principal at Lexington Middle School. Sullivan is joining former Assistant Principal Scott West, who was promoted to principal.
Edeal is entering her 12th year as an educator and seventh year with Lexington Public Schools. Edeal obtained a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1997 and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2003. Her administrative endorsement comes from Wayne State College.
“I feel very privileged to get this opportunity,” Edeal said. “Both Mr. Evans and Mr. Sullivan did great things at Sandoz. I look forward to being able to follow in their footsteps.”
The Lexington Board of Education approved the recommendation to hire Edeal at Monday night’s meeting. It also approved hiring Tiffany Pinkal as school psychologist intern, Kyle Ericson as technology specialist and Carrie Bell as payroll and personnel specialist.
New teachers hired are Maria Ruiz and Secundino Picos, both from Spain, to work at Bryan Elementary School; Kate Schaaf at Morton Elementary School; Matthew Manning, Morgan Simpson, Carol Floth and Neil Risinger at Sandoz; and Bradley Schott at Lexington High School as agriculture teacher and FFA adviser and Annette Fitzgerald as special education.
The board accepted the resignations of kitchen staff members Kathleen Seberger and Catherine Underwood and payroll specialist Amanda G’Schwind.
In other business, the board approved the school calendar for the next two years. The schedule of school beginning at 9 a.m. on Fridays, established this past year, will continue to allow for weekly teacher collaboration. The board also approved on second reading a policy about use of technology that outlines things such as Internet safety, etiquette, emailing and cyber bullying.
Board members announced July 18 as the date of the annual retreat. Following the usual day-long meeting, board members will be joined by members of the Lexington City Council, Lexington Community Facilities Agency and YMCA board to discuss the Lexington Middle School building project. The school board and LCFA will be asked to approve the construction footprint, said superintendent Todd Chessmore.
During a report from the Building and Grounds Committee, board members were told that houses acquired by the district, which need to be moved in preparation for construction, cannot be moved to the country during the summer. Dawson Public Power District has a policy that it will not cut power from June 1 through Sept. 1 during irrigation season.
After being approached regarding selling the former central office building on North Washington Street, a board committee decided it will entertain ideas but wants a say in how the property will be used to ensure what is best for the community. Chessmore said there is no rush in making decisions as the building is a minimal cost to the district. It is currently used for dry storage.
Board member Fran Acosta Carlson thanked Chessmore for his years of service to the district, noting Monday night was his last board meeting.
“I would like to say I am thankful to have met you and worked with you. You are a person who really cares about the kids,” Carlson said.
In bidding farewell to LPS, Chessmore said he and his family enjoyed living in Lexington. He called Lexington a great community with a great school board.
“They are a strong team and will do great things,” said Chessmore. “We are exited about our next adventure. We wish we didn’t have to go but we understand that’s how it is.”