AURORA — The school district is looking for a new high school principal, after the board of education appointed Dr. Paul Milcetich as the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction at a special meeting Thursday.

Milcetich will take over Michael Roberto’s post next school year, after the board on Monday unanimously appointed Roberto to succeed Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli, who is retiring in July.

Roberto and Milcetich will take over their new posts effective Aug. 1. The school district is advertising for applicants to fill the high school principal’s post.

Board of Education President, Jerry Kohanski said Milcetich "is eminently qualified" to move up the leadership ladder.

"His professional educational background and experience make him the ideal candidate to serve as Mike Roberto's successor in this position," Kohanski said in a release. "The Board of Education is confident that he will continue to move our district forward in innovative and rigorous curriculum developments that will maintain our position as a highly performing district in the area of academics.

"This has been evidenced during his five-year tenure at the high school where he led that building to national academic recognition"

Just as Roberto followed in Ciccantelli’s footsteps, moving from high school principal to assistant superintendent, Milcetich is making the same transition, said Ciccantelli.

"We are thrilled to have Paul transition to the role of Assistant Superintendent," Ciccantelli said in a release. "His valuable experience the past five years as the high school principal in our district will allow him to transition successfully into his new position. He is an outstanding educator with a strong background in secondary and elementary administration and will be an extremely positive influence."

Milcetich, a district employee for almost 5 years, previously held administrative positions in the Kent City Schools and Hudson City Schools.

"I am looking forward to working more closely with Paul Milcetich as he makes the move from serving as our high school principal to being the next Assistant Superintendent," Roberto added. "Paul's understanding of our district and philosophical approach to teaching and leading will allow for a smooth transition into his new role.

"He is also a learner, so I am expecting that he will thrive under the opportunity to gain a better understanding of our K-8 school cultures and build on his previous foundation as an elementary principal prior to coming to Aurora High."