April 21, 2014

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JVS principal to retire

OBERLIN – After 30 years, Lorain County Joint Vocational School Principal Jo Ann Kuebbeler will officially retire Friday from the school.

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Kuebbeler, who was hired as a social studies teacher for the school in 1979, served as an academic supervisor before becoming principal in 1991. She was recently honored at a breakfast for her years of educational service.

“She`s got her 30 years in, and it`s time,” said Bob Pogorelc, JVS career services specialist. “She feels that she`s paid her dues and has done a good job here.”

A new principal, Jill Petitti, took over Aug. 1.

Because of the way Kuebbeler`s retirement days were arranged, Petitti said that it would have been too confusing to start a new principal halfway through the year. Instead, she has stayed on the staff and has spent her time working on special projects for the school.

“(The school) felt it would be most beneficial for the new principal to start at the beginning of the year,” Petitti said.

Petitti, who is in her 21st year with the school, previously worked as a special education instructor, and for 12 years, was a special education supervisor. She said that as principal, she wants to cut down on the use of paper by finding ways to use other paperless means of communication, such as e-mail.

“I want to incorporate technology into every aspect of the building,” she said.

She also wants to continue with some of the ideas instituted by Kuebbeler in her time as principal. These include the academy concept, where similar areas of specialization are clustered into an academy, as well as the concept of block scheduling.

Kuebbeler made a lot of great changes and will certainly be missed, Petitti said.

“She was a great asset to the district,” she said.

Kuebbeler plans to spend her time traveling with her husband Gary, who is also a JVS retiree.

Contact Kristen Halliday at 653-6285 or khalliday@chroniclet.com.