Little Miami teachers, administrators leaving embattled district

MORROW — The exodus of administrators and teachers has started in Little Miami schools following the sixth-straight defeat of a tax issue this month.

The school board approved the resignations of three administrators Tuesday night, May 18 — Little Miami Treasurer Shaun Bevan, high school Principal John Spieser and junior high Principal Brian Bailey.

They are among 20 administrators and teachers who are resigning or retiring; many decided to do so after the last defeat at the ballot this month, according to Little Miami Superintendent Dan Bennett.

Bevan was hired by the Warren County Educational Services Center Monday, May 17, at a salary of $107,500. He will continue working in the district until July 2011.

Bevan said leaving is the right move for him and his family. He said he hopes working at the ESC will be “less hectic.”

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“What it comes down to, I have four little kids. Sometimes I feel torn that I need to spend more time at home and more time at school,” he said.

Spieser has accepted the principal’s position at Glen Este High School and Bailey will be working next year as the principal at Goshen Middle School.

Spieser said his departure has nothing to do with not getting pay raises.

“Our pay has been frozen three times. If it was about pay I would have left a long time ago,” Spieser said. “It’s a very bittersweet move. I leave behind many friends and special relationships.”

Bennett said he knows of at least two other principals in the district who are now in the process of interviewing with other school systems.

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