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Capers, Hartzell named to new positions as part of Warren City Schools' realignment

A search is underway for a new Harding High School principal.
Dante Capers - Wendy Hartzell
Dante Capers, Warren G. Harding High School principal, has been named the new associate superintendent of Student Services, Student Wellness & Success in Warren City Schools, and Wendy Hartzell, current associate superintendent, has been named to the new position of chief academic officer. (Contributed photos)

WARREN — Dante Capers, Warren G. Harding High School principal, is the new associate superintendent of Student Services, Student Wellness and Success in Warren City Schools.

Capers, who has served as lead principal for nine years at the high school, will start his new post in the 2021-22 school year. He will focus on non-academic areas,  including, but not limited to, student enrollment, social emotional learning, equity, student wellness, counseling, guidance and nursing services, attendance and truancy.

Wendy Hartzell, current associate superintendent, has accepted the newly created position of chief academic officer in Warren City Schools. In her new post, she will focus on student academics and school improvement.

Similar to her current position, Hartzell will be responsible for the area of teaching and learning, concentrating her supervision in the departments of curriculum and instruction, special education and state/federal programs. 

“We believe this focus is needed now more than ever as students return to school following a challenging educational experience during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Superintendent/CEO Steve Chiaro said in a news release. “Additionally, we know through her dedication and leadership to Warren City Schools in these areas, she will provide a necessary support to our students in the 2021-22 academic year and beyond.”

Capers called the change "a blessing to be a part of this forward-thinking restructuring plan. I am confident that these moves will better position Warren City Schools to meet the current needs of our students and families.

“While I will sincerely miss the toil and honor of leading Warren G. Harding High School, I am looking forward to serving our community, district and, most importantly, our students in this new role.” 

Chiaro plans to formally recommend a realignment of Central Office administrative positions and responsibilities to the Warren City School Board of Education next month. He said the changes “are designed to better serve the academic and non-academic needs of our students and community.”  

Hartzell and Capers will operate out of the Office of the Associate Superintendent and work collaboratively to support their colleagues, students and the entire Warren City Schools community, the release states. 

The district has posted the high school principal position and is seeking Capers’ replacement. Capers will work with and transition the new principal over the next several months.