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Hampton High School principal Jeff Finch will take over as assistant superintendent starting July 1.

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By Bethany Hofstetter
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Hampton High School Principal Jeff Finch will take on a new role in the district as assistant superintendant, starting this summer.

The Hampton Township School Board approved a contract on March 10 naming Finch assistant superintendant for a four-year term, effective July 1 through June 30, 2018, at a starting salary of $141,000.

“I'm thrilled to death with what we've decided as a board to do,” said Gail Litwiler, school board member. “I think the district is the winner here.”

Finch will fill the position left vacant by former Assistant Superintendent Jo Welter, who resigned effective Feb. 19, after more than six years with the district.

This is the second title change for Finch in the past three months. District officials reorganized administrative responsibilities in November to better utilize staff talent and named Finch assistant to the superintendent for secondary education and assessment/high school principal effective Jan. 16.

“Mr. Finch, who in January was appointed assistant to the superintendent, has done an outstanding job picking up extra responsibilities in the wake of Dr. Welter leaving,” said Wesley Bryant, school board president. “I really appreciate all of the hard work Mr. Finch has done.”

Finch has spent 15 years at Hampton High School: three years as assistant principal and then 12 as the principal.

“I think we have accomplished a refinement of the culture of the high school, and by that, I mean the whole picture,” Finch said. “We have a great academic focus, I believe, and we have improved the support system to allow students to … take great pride in working for success.”

As assistant to the superintendant, Finch has been using his experience as a secondary principal to look at bridging the academic levels between middle and high school in the district. Since his promotion, Finch has been participating in training to prepare him for his new role as assistant superintendent. Finch also will help the new high school principal with the transition.

“My goal I think, (is) to not lose any of the parts of quality in the K-12 program but to elevate the transitions through all the grade levels, raise the bar along the way but in a way that is connected,” Finch said. “How do you make a good system great? You do that through refinement.”

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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