New principal at Stark County

Jeff Utsinger


By John A. Ballentine
TOULON – The Stark County Board of Education has hired Jeff Utsinger as the new Stark County High/Junior High principal starting with the 2019-2020 school year. Utsinger is currently principal at West Carroll High School, in Savanna, and has been there since 2016.

Utsinger succeeds Bill Lamb, who is retiring after the current school year. Lamb begin at Stark County High School in 2013.

Before serving at West Carroll High, Utsinger was Assistant Principal at Geneseo High School. His Bachelor’s degree is in math and secondary education. He has Master’s degrees in education administration and other fields, and is working on his doctorate in Educational leadership. Prior to Geneseo, Utsinger taught high school math in several central Illinois school systems.

Utsinger is married to his wife Lori and they have a son, Archer. One of Utsinger passions is singing and performing. He has been professionally trained in Opera.|

In other action at Tuesday’s board meeting, longtime coach and Junior High English instructor Amy Wise has been dismissed from all coaching duties effective Nov. 19. The board of education announced that Wise had been dismissed from coaching after a 45 minute closed session.

Wise coached girls’ volleyball and softball at Stark County High School. There was no reason given for Wise’s dismissal. Wise began at Stark County School District #100 in 2007 as a full time instructor.

Instructor Jay Melton has tendered his resignation for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year and Susy DeWolfe has resigned as a 4-5 hour kitchen staff worker. Ana Joos has been approved as a 4-5 hour kitchen staff worker. Also, Bob Bohm has been hired as high school girls’ basketball volunteer coach.

Discussion of the Galva track usage was met with favor by the board. Galva has indicted that they would allow Stark County School District to utilize the track without any commitment for practice purposes. This would give the track team experience of running on an all-weather track.

An update on the elementary security entrance was discussed. Dale Heinold reported that three options exist for the security system. He stated that the current cameras need replacement as well as the current intercom systems, which are dated. Also, the phone systems are dated and need replacement. The board indicated that they would like to complete all three systems in steps, beginning with the intercom system. They requested Heinold to return next month with more information about the systems.

Approval was given for the intergovernmental agreement with the Bradford School District. Under the agreement between the two school districts, Bradford high school aged students may attend Stark county High School and Bradford’s School District pays the tuition costs involved.

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