NORMAN — The Norman Board of Education approved and announced several key hires at a regular board meeting Monday night.
The new hires include principals for the 2014-15 school year for Adams and Jefferson elementary schools and a new assistant principal for Irving Middle School.
Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano said he was pleased with the pool of high-quality candidates for each position and that the district was able to announce key hires such as these months before the new school year.
Alice M. Graddy will lead Adams. Graddy is an instructional coach for Adams and previously was a fifth-grade teacher at Adams.
With 20 years experience in education, she also has worked for Wichita Public Schools and has extensive experience in school administration and with English language learners.
She has two bachelor’s degrees — liberal arts and elementary education — and she earned her Master of School Leadership from Friends University in Wichita, Kan. Graddy will replace Adams Principal Cindy Taylor, who has accepted a position outside of Norman.
Dominic Barone will lead Jefferson Elementary and replace Principal Kelly Otis, who is moving out of state at the end of the school year.
Barone comes to NPS from League City, Texas, where he has been assistant principal at Clear Creek ISD’s Bay and Hyde elementary schools. During his 12 years in education, all at Clear Creek, he also has been a special education teacher.
He is originally from Oklahoma and earned his Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Oklahoma. He earned a Master of Educational Administration from Lamar University in Texas.
Kevin Hogan will join the Irving staff as assistant principal, coming to Irving from Longfellow, where he has been an instructional coach since 2012 and where he has worked his entire eight years in education.
Hogan also has served Longfellow as an educational technology integration specialist, a mathematics teacher, coach and as site athletic director. He earned his Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma and is working on his master of educational administration from East Central University.