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New Principal To Oversee Heights High, Small Schools

Dr. Johnetta Wiley joins the team of four principals at Cleveland Heights High School.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board approved hiring a new administrative principal at at its .

Dr. Johnetta Wiley started in July and will serve as the school’s head administrator and instructional leader. She signed a two-year contract and will earn $108,253 each year.

Wiley will be one of five principals in the school and oversee the four small schools — Legacy New Tech, Mosaic School of Creative Arts and Technology, R.E.A.L. Early College and Renaissance School of Humanities and International Studies.

Each school has its own philosophical approach to teaching and learning and its own principal. There was a similar position when the small school model was first implemented, but it was phased out, according to the district.

“We believe it’s important to have a strong leader on the campus of the high school who is responsible for the overall leadership and vision of the entire building,” said Jeffery Talbert, assistant superintendent. “With Dr. Wiley’s vast experience, she has the confidence, compassion, and ability to inspire others to do their very best."

Her responsibilities will include advancing the district’s professional image, supervising and evaluating assigned staff and participating as an active member of the management team, according to the school district.

Wiley served as principal of South High School in the Columbus School District for 10 years before joining CH-UH, according to a press release about her new role.

“Dr. Wiley is a proven leader with a commitment to academic accountability,” Superintendent Doug Heuer said in the press release. “She has an impressive track record of inspiring students, collaborating effectively with colleagues and helping those around her perform at their best. We’re thrilled that she’s agreed to be a part of the Heights team.”

The press release noted some of her achievements.

At South High School, she developed a new teacher evaluation system as part of the Race to the Top Teacher Evaluation Committee. The District Parent Teacher Association in Columbus recognized her as the 2012 Educator of the Year. U.S. World Report called South High School one of America’s 100 Best High Schools in its 2010 issue.

“Parents and students have been meeting with Dr. Wiley in recent weeks and welcoming her with open arms,” Heuer said. “We’re thrilled to have her working with our students and Heights High staff.”

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