Aurora -- Longtime elementary school principal Patty Minrovic will retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year, and the Board of Education on May 19 hired an administrator to take her place.

Minrovic has been with the school district for 18 years, and will retire after having been Craddock and Miller principal for 19 years. Her current salary is $101,319 per year.

Julie Ann Troman will be her successor. She will be the principal at Craddock in 2014-15 and Minrovic will be principal at just Miller while also doing other assignments at Craddock and Leighton.

When Minrovic retires, Troman will assume principal duties at Miller and Craddock. District officials said the transition will help the district maintain continuity in both curriculum and other programs.

"While we hate to see Patty go, we wish her nothing but the best and hope she enjoys her much deserved retirement," said Superintendent Russ Bennett.

"She has been such a compassionate and positive force for our youngest pre-kindergarten to second-grade students, and the solid foundation she has laid will continue to be a driving force here for many years to come.

"The Board and I would like to thank her with our most sincere gratitude for all she has done, including routinely going above and beyond the call of duty. She has always had our littlest students' best interests at heart, and her caring nature has always shown through."

Meanwhile, Bennett said the district is happy to announce that Troman has accepted an offer to fill the position of principal.

"She will be a wonderful fit with our staff, and her passion for supporting students is a huge asset," he said. "We welcome her to our district and look forward to working with her to continue our tradition of success at the elementary level."

Troman is a graduate of Kent State University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education (summa cum laude) and a master's degree in educational administration.

She comes here after having been principal at Holden Elementary School in the Kent district for the past five years. Prior to that, she was a middle school assistant principal for four years.

"I'm honored and excited to have been selected to join the Aurora schools' team next school year," said Troman. "Throughout the interview process, I've been very impressed by the level of commitment evident in everyone with whom I have spoken.

"It's clear the district vision of providing relevant and rigorous learning experiences for all students is held by everyone here.

"I'm confident my experiences and skills will help support the work of the district and schools, and I know I'll learn a great deal as well. I look forward to meeting the families, and especially the children, of Craddock School."


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