Three new Lakeville elementary school principals hired

The Lakeville School Board approved hiring three new elementary principals at an April 30 special meeting, one a returning district employee.

They also approved a last-minute resignation of a teacher at JFK Elementary.

The new principal at Eastview Elementary is F. Taber Akin, the district’s former assessment and accountability coordinator and currently principal at Sioux Trail Elementary in Burnsville.

At Christina Huddelston Elementary, the new principal will be Jill M. Kelly, the current assistant principal of Data, Assessments and Intervention Coordination, a district-wide position, in St. Francis, Minn.

Marilynn Smith, the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area School District Magnet School coordinator, is the hire to head Orchard Lake Elementary where the district plans to debut Impact Academy in the fall.

All their contracts begin July 1, the same day that the three  principals now at those schools retire.

Tony Massaros, executive director of Administrative Services, said the new principal’s salaries are based on experience in that role.

Akin, who will come in with five years experience as a principal, will earn a level three salary, that according to the contract, is $119,768.

Massaros said both Kelly and Smith will begin at level-one salaries, listed in the contract as $116,351.

The new principals were selected out of a pool of more than 60 applicants, School District Superintendent Lisa Snyder said.

Eight applicants were interviewed to determine five finalists from which the three were selected.

At the special meeting, the board was also asked to accept the retirement of JFK Elementary third-grade teacher Sheryl Wardlow.

The staff change saves one more elementary teacher from being laid off from their position, Massaros said.