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Tabor to lead Lakeview full time in fall

SOLON– Jessica Tabor will lead Lakeview Elementary full-time beginning the 2021-2022 school year.
The Solon Community School District (SCSD) announced the decision to pre-kindergarten through fifth grade staff Jan. 18 and posted the news to its website Jan. 22.
Tabor was hired in the spring of 2019 to lead the Solon Intermediate School (SIS) for the 2019-2020 academic year after Zach Wigle, former SIS principal, was named the Solon High School Principal. Tabor was last spring to lead both SIS and Lakeview Elementary for the 2020-2021 year after former Lakeview principal Jodi Rickels announced her retirement.
The school district contracted with Grundmeyer Leader Services to search for the next Solon Intermediate School principal. The search firm was used in the previous search when Tabor was hired. The district is collecting applications from interested candidates through Feb. 24 with interviews taking place shortly thereafter with the new principal to be announced prior to spring break in March. Various stakeholders will be involved in the interview process to provide feedback. The new principal begins Aug. 1.
"The decision to place Mrs. Tabor as principal for both buildings was based on concerns related to whether the district could recruit high quality candidates we would look for to fill a principal role in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic," commented Superintendent Dr. Davis Eidahl. "After a great deal of discussion and consideration for the unique circumstances we were facing as a district at the time as well as Mrs. Tabor's leadership abilities, we decided to give this a try, not knowing if this would be for one year or three. We were committed to making this a success and knew we would need to evaluate the effectiveness of the PK-5 principal structure.”
The district came to the conclusion toward the end of the first semester after several conversations, as well as examining the unique needs of each school it would be important each school should have its own assigned principal, according to a release.
"The Solon school district has high expectations for teaching and learning and a strong emphasis on innovation which requires a great deal of leadership support and guidance," stated Eidahl. "We gathered feedback from both Mrs. Tabor, as well as staff from each building that provided the information we needed to make the final decision to assign Mrs. Tabor to Lakeview as well as identify some of the desired leadership traits we are looking for in the next principal to serve the intermediate building.”
Tabor said she was blessed to have the opportunity to continue her career with the Lakeview team.
“While I am excited for the next chapter in my career, I will miss SIS deeply. I never could have imagined connecting with a building the way I did with SIS. Together with staff, we created an environment that fostered reflection, accountability, and teamwork. I am so proud of my time at SIS and know that they will continue to be the strong building that they have always been."
"I am excited and appreciative of the opportunity to continue with Lakeview next school year," commented Tabor. "There are so many connections and moments of reflection and growth that I cannot wait to continue into next year. Lakeview, like SCSD itself, is filled with reflective, passionate and hardworking educators and staff. I can't wait to see how much further we grow as a transition to full time principal at Lakeview.”