Jill Jiovanazzo has been hired to lead Nord Middle School as its new principal following the resignation of Bill Miller.
“Her passion, her energy, her instructional leadership just shines through,” superintendent Steven Sayers told the Amherst board of education Monday.
Jiovanazzo has taught elementary students for 18 years in Avon. Sayers said administrators there provided glowing performance reviews.
She is also an Amherst Steele High School graduate and attended Nord when it was a junior high.
Miller had served as an administrator for more than a decade in Amherst.
“I can honestly say that it’s been the best 11 years of my career and I’ve enjoyed and appreciated working alongside of you,” he wrote in a May 21 resignation letter to Sayers. “You’ve been a tremendous mentor, supporter, and friend to me since you arrived in Amherst.”
Miller has accepted a position as director of human resources at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Schools.
“I am going to miss a lot of people in Amherst and the relationships that I’ve formed,” he wrote. “However, I am also excited about my professional future.”
The principal switch comes as Nord undergoes incredible change.
This fall, it will become home to grades three to five, maxing out the building’s occupancy at about 730 students. Modular classrooms will be used.
The shift comes as the district prepares to build a new Powers Elementary School on South Lake Street where Harris Elementary now stands.
Harris will be demolished this summer to make way for the new prekindergarten through third grade building, which means grades are being shuffled among the remaining Amherst schools — all except Steele High School will experience some major changes come August.
Nord classroom moves are expected to be completed by Friday, according to building and grounds head Charles Grimmett. Meanwhile, a massive heating and cooling system overhaul at the building is underway and on schedule and new playground equipment has been installed.
Harris has been emptied of about 90 percent of its contents in anticipation of demolition.
That was helped along by a late May online auction, which raised about $10,000 from sales of old equipment to the public.
Icon Construction will take over the Harris building July 1. Sayers said the company is in the process of getting prices for demolition, which could happen in late August.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.
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