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New Highland principal, new Northview assistant principal hired


Mark Pugh and Elizabeth McIlwain.


A new principal at Highland Elementary School and a new assistant principal at Northview High School have been hired.

The Sylvania Board of Education this week approved the hire of Mark Pugh at Highland and Elizabeth McIlwain at Northview.

Mr. Pugh, 38, replaces Paul Gibbs, who announced his resignation in April because he will become principal of Jerusalem Elementary in the Oregon School District. Mr. Pugh‘‍s contract for Aug. 1 to July 31, 2016 pays him $91,294 annually.

Mr. Pugh has served in education in schools located in the Indianapolis area. He was the principal of Ernie Pyle Elementary school since 2007. From 2005 to 2007 he was an assistant principal at Thomas Carr Howe Academy. Before taking on administrative roles, he taught at Nora Elementary in the Metropolitan School District. He received a bachelor’‍s in Education from Indiana University in 1999 and a masters in Educational Leadership in 2013.

He said he will meet with teachers, staff, and parents for insight about the school’s positive points and what they see “on the horizon” for the school in terms of its future and improvements.

Mrs. McIlwain, 48, will oversee discipline and attendance at Northview. She replaces Mellisa McDonald who is serving as assistant principal at Arbor Hills Junior High because Tim Zieroff was promoted to principal after long-time administrator Rose Gaiffe retired. Mrs. McIlwain’‍s contract, also from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2016, has annual pay of $88,761.

From 2002 to 2014, she held the assistant principal position at Springfield High School. She also taught English at the school for 12 years.

Mrs. McIlwain received a bachelor of education degree from the University of Toledo in 1988 and a master‘‍s in education from Bowling Green State University in 2002.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or, or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 

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