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The Ottawa Hills Board of Education today hired Dr. Jeremy Bauer as the new Elementary School principal effective Aug. 2.

Dr. Bauer, a former Village resident and 1993 graduate of Ottawa Hills High School, is currently the principal at Stranahan Elementary School for Sylvania Schools.

The board’s vote was unanimous and based upon the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Adam Fineske. Dr. Fineske and a search committee—comprised of parents, teachers, and district administrators—reviewed applicants and candidates last month.

“I am honored to join the Ottawa Hills education community and to work with so many hard-working parents and teachers,” said Dr. Bauer. “I am excited to be part of the building’s great future.”

Dr. Bauer replaces Kori Kawczynski who, for personal reasons and with the support of the district, stepped down from the principalship. She is taking a new role within the administration during the upcoming school year.

“Jeremy brings great knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the position,” Dr. Fineske said. “Parents, teachers, and students will love working with him.”

Dr. Bauer has a bachelor of science in education degree from the University of Kansas, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Toledo. His K-12 career started in Washington Local Schools in 1999. He held a variety of elementary teaching and principal roles there until 2012, including six years teaching four different grades: Kindergarten, 4th, 5th, and 6th.

In 2012, he joined Sylvania Schools as the principal at Stranahan, which has about the same number of students as Ottawa Hills Elementary School (530). In total, he has 16 years of elementary-level administrative experience.