Lynchburg City Schools announced the hiring of three new employees and a promotion to administrative roles for the school system.
The school board has approved Karen Capozzi as chief financial officer, Reid Wodicka as assistant superintendent of operations and strategic planning, Samuel Coleman as director of studies, and Annitra Leigh as principal of Sandusky Middle School.
According to an LCS press release, Capozzi worked as a business manager for the Berlin Central School District in Berlin, New York.
She “established and led a control system for the execution of the budget and all financial accounting of the Berlin Central School District,” according to the statement.
The release also says Capozzi brings professional experience that includes business management, human resources practices, financial auditing and budget analysis.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Campbell University and a master’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Liberty University.
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Wodicka has served in the city manager’s office for the past several years, most recently as deputy city manager of Lynchburg. He also served as acting city manager prior to the hiring of current city manager Wynter Benda.
Wodicka also served as Bedford County’s deputy administrator, developing the county’s first capital improvement plan, according to the release.
Benda told The News & Advance, “I’m super excited for him in his new role and I’m glad we can keep the talent in town.”
Wodicka holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy and administration, as well as a master’s degree in public policy from James Madison University. He holds an Executive Masters in Urban Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Coleman, who will become the new director of studies, previously worked as the director of curriculum for the Shorewood School District in Shorewood, Wisconsin, according to LCS.
Along with Shorewood, Coleman “coordinated district-wide instructional strategies and supported the successful implementation of the school district’s strategic plan,” the statement said.
His professional qualifications include motivational leadership, public education, organizational leadership and public service, according to the press release.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Cardinal Stritch University, a master’s degree in educational counseling from Concordia University of Wisconsin, and a master’s degree in education leadership and policy analysis from the University. of Wisconsin Madison, according to LCS.
Leigh will become the new manager of Sandusky Middle after serving as assistant manager there for the past few years, according to the statement.
“I am thrilled to continue this journey at Sandusky Middle School,” Leigh said in the statement.
According to LCS, her professional qualifications include instructional leadership, parenting engagement, administration, and education.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English education from Virginia State University, a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision, and an education specialist degree in teaching and learning, as well as a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University, according to his biography in the release. .
These four will start in their new positions at the LCS in the near future.