FEATURE ARTICLE from THE PRESS, 6-13-01, By Julie A. Short
``Westlake assistant Coffman named new principal of Avon High School
AVON -- Citing children as his top priority, Chad Coffman is set to begin his tenure at Avon High School as the school's new principal. Coffman replaces Rick Buckosh who is leaving to become principal at Clearview High School.
"Kids are number one to me. I have high expectations and will do anything I can to make sure they meet those expectations," Coffman said. "I am very impressed with what I've seen so far at Avon. My strengths are my leadership skills and my ability to get people involved."
School officials concur that Coffman has unique qualities that make him a good fit for Avon.
"He's a very dedicated educator and we are pleased to have him aboard. Chad is a natural leader and will fit in well here," Avon Schools Superintendent Jim Reitenbach said.
Coffman comes to Avon from Westlake High School where he has served as an assistant principal for three years. His first stint as an assistant principal was at his alma matar, Midview High School (Class of 1985) from 1996-1998. He began his teaching career in the Elyria City School District ...
Chad Coffman, Avon High School Principal|
While many teachers and students are set to embark on summer vacation, Coffman will be spending a large portion of his vacation going through the stacks of 'Avon' information piling up in his home.
"Right away I plan to begin reading everything from the student handbook to the yearbook. I want to find out more of what Avon High School and the city are all about," Coffman said. "There are many teachers from Westlake that live in Avon and they are very proud of the city. They have told me many great things about this area and I look forward to meeting many more people."
The 34-year-old principal will also begin looking at how the school has been operating and find out the needs and concerns of the staff.
"Teachers are key to the success of any school. A good staff will prepare students well. Avon has a great staff," Coffman said. "I look forward to working with the assistant principal (Kristina Dodos Buller). I've heard many great things about her and I think we will work well together to reach our goals."
One of those goals is to prepare students for proficiency testing and the new graduation test for seniors that will be in place in two years. Coffman is impressed with the overall scores that Avon students have received on the proficiency tests.
"The students are very dedicated to learning. They take pride in their education as well as their school," Coffman said. "You can see that when you walk through the halls. There is a family-atmosphere here that you don't get in a larger school."
Students may have been one of the deciding factors in his decision to come to Avon. On the occasion of his first interview at Avon, he entered the high school like most visitors not knowing exactly where to go. He observed his surroundings and was approached by a student whose first words were "Welcome to Avon High School." Those words left a lasting impression on him.
"Everyone has made me feel welcome. From the school board to the staff, everyone has made my wife and I feel comfortable here." he said.
The Coffman's are the parents of four children, three girls and one boy ranging in ages from seven-years old to 12 months old. Coffman earned his bachelors degree in education from Kent State University in 1990. He graduated with a Masters degree in administration from Ashland University in 1996.
The school board awarded Coffman a two-year contract that begins August 1.
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