PIQUA – In his first major move as the new superintendent of Piqua City Schools, Dwayne Thompson recommended Piqua High School principal Tony Lyons for the position of assistant superintendent during the district’s board of education meeting on Wednesday.
The board unanimously approved Lyons for a three-year contract, effective for the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.
“Excited is how I would describe this opportunity for me,” said Lyons, a 1991 graduate of Piqua High School and 1995 graduate of the University of Dayton. “It’s an exciting time for Piqua City Schools and I’m excited to be part of it in this role. There’s nothing but the sky above us now.”
Like Thompson, Lyons grew up in Piqua and attended the city’s schools, and has a long history of working in the district, having served as a vice principal and principal since 2006.
“Mr. Lyons compliments my background in education in many ways,” Thompson said prior to the meeting. “My background is elementary and his is secondary. Our educational experiences together make us a good team to address needs in our district K-12.
“Additionally, I have already had the opportunity to work with Mr. Lyons when I lead K-12 curriculum initiatives in our district. Also important to me, was the fact that he, too, has a rich history in our community and school district.”
Lyons’ successor at Piqua High School will be Rob Messick, who previously was assistant principal at PHS and a director of curriculum prior to that. “This has been a great opportunity given to me,” Messick said of the board appointing him to his new post.
He went on to praise his mentors in the district who prepared him for the job. “This is my dream. We will definitely make some great strides at Piqua High School,” said Messick, who recently celebrated his 22nd year with the district.
The board also took a few moments to welcome Thompson, who first was appointed assistant superintendent earlier this year before filling the seat vacated last month by district superintendent Rick Hanes.
“We’re very pleased to have him step up and take over that position,” said board member Andy Hite.
In addition, the board approved a three-year contract for Darrell Hite as assistant principal at Piqua High School, a position he previously held for 11 years.
In other news, business coordinator and building project manager Curt South reported that the track renovation project at the high school is about two weeks behind schedule, moving the projected completion date to Aug. 15. However, South said, the delay should not prevent athletic team practices, band camp, and an Aug. 12 scrimmage from taking place.
The brief meeting culminated in the board going into executive session. The next board of education meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 25, at Piqua Central Intermediate School.
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