TROY — The Troy City School board of education approved David Dilbone for the position of principal at Troy High School during their monthly meeting on Monday.
“We think he’ll do a wonderful job,” Human Resources director Mark Barhorst said. “He’s been with the district for a number of years, and has done a nice job at the junior high school, and we think he’ll be a great fit at the high school.”
Dilbone, who has served as principal at Troy Junior High School for seven years, was present with his wife and children, and expressed gratitude to the board on behalf of his family.
“My kids have never known another home,” Dilbone said. “I’m very excited at the opportunity to lead the high school, and I look forward to this next phase of my career and this next opportunity with this great district.”
According to Barhorst, application deadlines for the junior high principal slot will close by Thursday, with at least 26 outside applicants having expressed interest in the position. The board aims to hire a new principal for the junior high in time to announce at the next board meeting on Monday, July 9.
In other news:
- The board approved the sale of the property occupying Lincoln Community Center to the City of Troy for the price of $1. In 2017, the land was transferred to Troy City Schools with the purpose of merging multiple parcels of land into one property to allow for an expansion or building of a new Lincoln Community Center. The sale to the City of Troy will allow the center’s plans to move forward under singular ownership of the land.
- The board discussed the prospect of alterations to the district’s annual sixth-grade trip to Washington, D.C. in order to potentially lower costs and increase student participation. According to Superintendent Eric Herman, approximately 40 percent of this year’s sixth-graders didn’t go on the trip. Possible alterations suggested among the board included moving the time of year for the trip (due to the high volume of student travel in May), shortening the trip’s overall duration, or rescheduling the trip as a venture for eighth graders, allowing students 18-24 extra months to raise funds. No decisions were made, though it was agreed changes would have to be made “sooner rather than later,” due to the long-term planning involved in the trip. The board will reconvene on the matter in future meetings.