NORTHFIELD CENTER — Superintendent Joe Clark called the leaving of Northfield Elementary School Principal Staci Albanese "bittersweet," calling her "an incredible principal."

"She has done an fantastic job with the students, staff and parents," Clark said during the Board of Education meeting on Monday. "We will miss her."

Albanese, who was associate principal at Lee Eaton Intermediate for two years and principal at Northfield Elementary for five, said she accepted the job of assistant principal at Harmon Middle School in Aurora.

"In this role I will have the opportunity to be with my own children," said Albanese, who lives in Aurora.

Her resignation is effective at the end of the school year, and was unanimously approved by the school board.

Filling her place is Marc Maninicki, a Northfield Center resident who currently is principal at Garfield Elementary School in Mentor. His three-year contract, effective Aug. 1, 2018 through July 30, 2021, includes five transitional days that can be worked July 1 through 30 this year as needed, per diem. His starting salary is $95,763.

"He not only lives in the community, he is active in the community," Clark said.

"I'm very happy to be a part of the Nordonia family," Kaminicki said. "I look forward to officially starting Aug. 1. This is a great district. This is an awesome opportunity that came up."

Kaminicki said that he has a child who graduated from Nordonia High School and is now a freshman in college, and a child who is a high school freshman.

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