WARREN – Warren City School District is creating new administrative positions as part of realignment.
Warren G. Harding High School Principal Dante Capers will assume the newly created position of Associate Superintendent of Student Services, Student Welfare and Success.
Capers, who was Harding’s principal for nine years and before was the high school’s deputy principal, will begin his new role with the 2021-22 school year.
Capers will focus on non-academic areas. These include enrollment of PK-12 students, socio-emotional learning, equity, student welfare, counseling, guidance and nursing services, l school attendance and absenteeism.
Meanwhile, the current Associate Superintendent, Wendy Hartzell, has accepted the newly created position of Director of Studies. In her new position, she will focus on academics and school improvement.
Similar to his current position, Hartzell will be responsible for the area of ââteaching and learning, focusing his oversight in the departments of curriculum and instruction, special education, and state / federal programs.
“We believe this focus is needed more than ever as students return to school after a difficult educational experience during the COVID 19 pandemic,” said Superintendent / CEO Steve Chiaro. âAdditionally, we know that through her dedication and leadership to Warren City schools in these areas, she will provide much needed support to our students during the 2021-2022 school year and beyond. “
Capers has said he will miss directing Harding, but he is “Confident that these measures will better position Warren City schools to meet the current needs of our students and families.” “
Hartzell and Capers will operate from the office of the Associate Superintendent and will work collaboratively to support their colleagues, students and their community.
The district has posted the post of high school principal and is looking to replace Capers. Capers will work with the new principal and ensure his transition over the next few months of the 2021-22 academic year.
In addition, Chiaro plans to officially recommend a realignment of administrative positions and responsibilities from the central office to the board of education next month. He said that the changes “Are designed to better meet the academic and non-academic needs of our students and our community.” “