Schools hire Cogdell, Campbell for fall

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JASON HAWK
EDITOR

Two new administrators are joining the Amherst Schools this fall.

Doug Cogdell was hired April 15 as the district’s technology supervisor, a position he’s held at the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools for 21 years.

In his time there, Cogdell created a district video club, built three television production studios, launched a STEM lab for robotics students, and wrote grants for 3D printers and other tech.

In 2015, he was one of 40 educators from across the country invited to the Goodle Educational Forum in Mountain View, Calif.

Cogdell is a lifelong Amherst resident and a graduate of Steele High School. He said the technology supervisor job here is “an opportunity to come home.”

“He came across as the perfect Amherst employee: Humble, hardworking, would give you the shirt off his back,” said assistant superintendent Michael Molnar.

Cogdell will step into the large shoes of Mark Kostur, who is retiring for the second time.

After announcing two years ago that he would leave, Kostur agreed to return to oversee tech implementation at the Steele creative learning center and the new Powers Elementary School.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time and friendships here at Amherst. It’s been a blast. I’ve been excited about the things we’ve been able to do and enjoyed every minute of it,” he said.

Steele will get a new assistant principal this fall. Nikki Campbell was hired on a two-year contract to take the place of Steve Meggitt.

Campbell was chosen from a pool of 89 candidates, said high school principal Joe Tellier.

“From the first inning to the bottom of the ninth, she was the person we felt would be the right fit,” he said.

She grew up in the East Muskingham Schools. After teaching at Buckeye and Strongsville, she spent the last nine years at Keystone.

In 2016, Campbell was honored as Keystone’s Educator of the Year. This spring, she has been nominated for Ohio Teacher of the Year by the state education department.

Like Kostur, Meggitt is also saying goodbye a second time. He retired in the 2017-2018 school year but returned when Steele principal Michael May and assistant principal Jeanne Kornick left.

Tellier said the high school needed a familiar face to provide stability and experience during the leadership transition.

One more return will happen this fall — former Powers Elementary principal Debbie Waller was hired on a per-diem basis to serve as needed from August to December as interim assistant principal at Nord Middle School.

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