The Orange School Board accepts Renee Tuttle’s resignation as Principal

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio — Renee Tuttle, in her 10th year as principal at Moreland Hills Elementary School, will retire effective January 31 — ending a career of nearly 35 years in education.

On Monday (November 28), the Orange Board of Education accepted Tuttle’s resignation and then congratulated her.

“It’s always very comforting to see the same people out there when they come to board meetings, and you’ve been a part of my life for nine years now,” board vice president Jeffrey Leikin, the ninth-year longest-serving board member, said Tuttle.

“I know there are some things you need to take care of right away, but I hope all your hopes and dreams for your retirement come true and that you can do whatever you want to do.

“I wish you all the best, Renee,” he continued. “It was a pleasure to meet you and I almost feel like saying goodbye to a friend.”

After meeting, Tuttle said she “loved every minute of every day” at Moreland Hills School.

“I am very honored to be the principal of Moreland Hills,” she said. “It was just my privilege to be (there).

“What an amazing community we have here, with wonderful families and an amazing staff.”

Tuttle, in her 17th year as school administrator, said she has no concrete plans for retirement at this time.

Superintendent Lynn Campbell said Tuttle will be available to the district in an “advisory role” beginning in April to help it complete the current school year at the elementary school and plan the transition to a new principal in 2023-24.

Under State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) rules, someone who is employed by an Ohio public employer at the time of retirement must wait two months after their retirement date before returning to public employment.

“I’ll be working on how we’re going to move forward after January 31,” Campbell said. “This will include some support from Renee after completing her requirements at STRS during the months of February and March… administration thanks her for her willingness to see us through.

“So I’m excited for what Moreland Hills (school) is about to do, and I will be communicating not only with[the school board]but also with the staff and community as we move forward in reforming the team.”

Tuttle joined Orange Schools in 2013 after serving two years as an elementary principal at Cuyahoga Heights Schools.

Prior to that, she served as an elementary school principal at Cuyahoga Falls Schools for three years and before that for two years as an elementary school principal at Marietta City Schools.

Tuttle spent her entire 16-year public school career at Green Valley Elementary School in the Parma City School District, where she taught kindergarten, first, second and fourth grades.

She began her educational career as a kindergarten teacher at the Children’s Village, a private school in Kent, where she worked for two years.

COVID-19 refresher clinic possible

Also on Monday, Campbell said he was in discussion with pharmacy Rite Aid about a potential COVID-19 vaccination booster clinic on the Orange Schools campus for students ages 5 to 11.

“Not long ago we had a very successful immunization booster clinic for our older student population and right after that the bivalent (COVID-19 updated) booster shot became available for the 5-11 year age group.

“So I’m going to put out feelers to this age group again to gauge interest in another clinic on campus for the younger students. Hopefully things will go just as well.”

The district hosted a COVID-19 immunization clinic on October 22 at Orange High School, also in partnership with Rite Aid Pharmacy, for students ages 12 and older.

“As long as there is interest, I want this clinic to come on campus and be behind us before the holiday season so that those who want somewhere easy and convenient can be empowered,” Campbell said.

“There’s also a possibility that the flu shot will be offered in conjunction (with the booster shot) as an option, and I think that could be popular considering we’re hearing the current flu season is picking up early.”

Students were also offered the opportunity to be vaccinated against flu at the clinic in October.

In response to a question from a board member, Campbell said he doesn’t know of any other districts in the area that have clinics of this type on school campuses.

“I can tell any other district willing to reach out that Rite Aid’s pharmacists have been phenomenal,” he said.

“Rite Aid has been the most consistent (among the local pharmacies) in following up on the district and communicating with me, and they’ve made it really convenient and easy for us to have (these clinics) on campus. The pharmacies want to release these vaccines.”

There are no active student or staff cases and no students or staff in quarantine, according to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard updated Monday (Nov. 28).

The next board meeting will be on December 12 at 6:00 p.m.

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