Twinsburg -- With a broad range of experience in special education and a "depth of knowledge" in ever-changing federal and state special education law, Aurora resident Denise Traphagen has been chosen as the school district's new director of pupil personnel.

The two-year contract, approved by the Board of Education June 5, will pay her $99,316 per year. She replaces Judith Henning, who retired last year after 34 years of service, earning $108,494 in her final year.

"We wanted to select the most qualified person," said superintendent Kathryn Powers. "We are delighted that she will be joining us. She has a depth of knowledge and will be able to communicate state and federal changes in special education requirements to the staff."

Traphagen, who most recently was coordinator of special education in the Berea school district, has already started work in her new post.

"I wanted to be affiliated with a district that is innovative and progressive," Traphagen said. "We're going to make sure all students receive the services they need based on their disabilities."

Originally from Loudenville, Traphagen is married to Scott, and they have a son Logan, a 2013 Aurora High School graduate.

Traphagen's duties will include complete oversight of the special education program in the district, as well as ensuring the district is in compliance with state and federal special education law.

She will also be responsible for assisting Wilcox Primary School principal Lynn Villa with operations at the primary school.

Powers selected Traphagen from a pool of 50 applicants, and Powers' recommendation was approved by the Board of Education last month. Powers said she used input from a committee of teachers, parents and several other administrators before making the choice.

Traphagen has a bachelor's degree from Kent State University in special education and a master's degree from Ohio State University in education policies and leadership. "I'm very excited to have this position," she said. "This is a great opportunity."


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