Search for a new principal underway at Prospect

By Laurie Hamame -



Soon-to-be-ex-principal Jim Eibel wants a chance to make a bigger impact.

Once he cleans out his desk and says goodbye to his office at Prospect Elementary School, Eibel will replace Liz Rogel as the director of pupil services of the Oberlin school district. Rogel relocated to Lakewood.

The pupil services department acts as a liaison for homeless and disabled students and is responsible for student-related services including occupational and physical therapy and speech and language pathology.

Four applicants were interviewed and Eibel stood out above the rest, said superintendent David Hall.

During his nine years as principal, Eibel felt his hands were in many different places at once, but at his new position he’ll exclusively work with special education teachers, getting a “chance to make a bigger impact with a smaller population,” he said.

The Educational Service Center of Lorain County has been tapped to do a search for the interim principal. Hall hopes to find a permanent hire but won’t rush the process.

The interim salary is listed at $118,618 plus travel expenses, which Hall said is the high-end maximum that the district is willing to go. Salary is based on candidate experience, availability, and degrees earned. Eibel’s salary will remain the same.

His first priority is to leave Prospect in good hands and to help fill his position with someone who believes in the students as much as he does.

“The number one quality of an effective principal is the ability to listen. You need to listen to the staff and listen to the parents,” he said.”Every staff member is devoted to every one of our students. We need to make sure the person who comes in has that belief too — that every student is going to succeed and that every family deserves that.”

Many staff members at Prospect have already applied for the open position. Hall said more information will be available Thursday.

Laurie Hamame can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.


By Laurie Hamame