June 26, 2016

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Cloverleaf names new elementary principal

WESTFIELD TWP. — Students at Westfield Upper Elementary will have a new principal in the fall.

The Cloverleaf school board approved the appointment of Jim Carpenter to the position on Friday.



The school district reviewed 43 applications for the position before choosing Carpenter to head the 500-student school at 9055 S. Leroy Road, Westfield Center, Superintendent Daryl Kubilus said Tuesday.

“He stood out as someone who, first and foremost, had success in his previous district,” Kubilus said. “He has a commitment to student achievement, as well as an understanding of the best teaching practices.”

Carpenter most recently was the principal of Worthington Estates Elementary in Worthington, Ohio. He could not be reached for comment.

Carpenter received a bachelor of arts in education from Lake Erie College and a master’s in education from Cleveland State University. He has 17 years of experience in education and served as an elementary school principal for 10, Cloverleaf Local Schools reported.

Carpenter will replace Bart Randolph, who will become assistant principal of Cloverleaf High School. Randolph replaces Patrick Hopper, who resigned after an internal investigation in which he allegedly had inappropriate communications via phone calls, e-mails and text messages with a high school student.

Carpenter, his wife, Jo-Ann, and son, Mitchell, currently reside in Wooster.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@ohio.net.