By Kevin Kelley
Pete Zagray, previously the personal computing manager for Canton City Schools, has been hired by Westlake City Schools as its new director of technology.
Zagray replaces Renee Bailey, who recently accepted a position with North Coast Council.
Zagray previously was a technology specialist with the Stark County Educational Service Center. He also taught third grade for Plain Local Schools.
“We are extremely impressed with Pete’s experiences with technology and leadership,” Westlake City Schools Superintendent Dan Keenan said in a statement. “He was responsible for overseeing technology for more than 30 schools in Canton and was highly regarded there for his work to see technology was an integral part of student learning.”
During his tenure with the Canton schools, Zagray conducted a statewide “bring your own device” survey to collect data for implementation and was recognized for saving the district $25,000 through an energy efficiency project.
“My years of experience as an educator and technology administrator will enhance the strong technology team already in the district,” Zagray said. “Together we will continue to develop innovative ways to support the highquality instruction in our schools.”
Zagray, whose annual salary will be $82,886, earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Akron, a master degree in instructional technology from Malone University and an Ohio principal license from Cleveland State University.
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David Schindler has been named an assistant principal at Westlake High School. He replaces Vishtasp Nuggud, who is leaving to become principal of Learwood Middle School in Avon Lake.
Schindler was previously a principal at Positive Education Program, which operates centers that serve troubled children with special needs.
Schindler will be the second new assistant principal at Westlake High School when the academic year begins in September. Mike May left at the end of the previous school year to become principal of his alma mater, Amherst High School. The district hired Ned Lauver to succeed him.
“It’s going to be a challenge with two new assistant principals,” Principal Tim Freeman told West Life.
The two new assistants shouldn’t be worried about getting lost in their new school building, though, as it will be new for everyone – staff and students alike. The new Westlake High School opens at the start of the school year.
Freeman said the district received 90 applications for the assistant principal position.
“Westlake attracts the cream of the crop as far as administrative candidates,” he said.
Freeman also praised the departing Nuggud. “He’s been a great team leader here,” Freeman said.