Valley View announced the hiring of Patrick McKee as the district’s new high school principal. The move is part of administrative changes the district is making in anticipation of staffing new K-12 facilities that will break ground next year.
McKee comes from Huber Heights City Schools where he was assistant principal at Wayne High School and Weisenborn Junior High for the past three years. McKee is originally from Lima and has a bachelor’s degree from Defiance College and a master’s from the American College of Education. McKee lives in Beavercreek with his wife and son. McKee was approved at a special meeting of the Board of Education on March 29.
“I am extremely excited to join the students and community of Valley View,” McKee said. “The teachers and staff strike me as eager to do whatever it takes to move the students forward and help them maximize their potential. Joining this district on the cusp of a major building project provides a tremendous opportunity to help frame the future of this great school.”
Current High School principal Todd Kozarec will be promoted to director of administrative operations, a position designed to work district-wide on policies, procedures, safety plans, testing and HR. He will report to superintendent Ben Richards and ensure the district is in compliance with the myriad requirements from the state. The school plans for costs of this position to be offset by updates and efficiencies gained from the overall administrative changes.
“We want to ensure we have the right team in place to take Valley View into the future and Patrick and Todd will be key parts of that team,” Richards said. “These new facilities aren’t just new walls, they are an opportunity to modernize our offerings and put our students on the very best path to success after graduation.”
McKee will be responsible for guiding the needs and requirements of Valley View’s new 6-12 facility. The district will hire a secondary assistant principal who will manage the current Junior High starting next school year, helping plan for the 6-8 needs of the new building. Current Junior High principal Tom Misenko will be leaving the district with thanks and appreciation for his service in several capacities at Valley View over the years.
“This is an exciting time for our community and our district,” Richards said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build the future of Valley View. After the last 12 months, it is such a joy to focus on our bright future.”
Valley View’s new K-12 schools will be built on land adjacent to the current high school, accessible from Farmersville-Germantown Pike. Following completion of a design phase, which will include staff and community input, the district plans to break ground in spring 2022 and move into the K-12 building in 2024.