Last updated: June 29. 2014 4:37PM - 892 Views
By Heather Meade hmeade@civitasmedia.com

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GREENVILLE - David Peltz recently submitted his resignation to the Greenville City School District as director of the Career Technical Education Center (CTC), director of curriculum for grades 9-12, federal programs, Greenville Virtual Academy, Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) and the Darke County Workforce Center, all roles taken on in the last two years, he said.

“One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job was to work with Economic Development, and not only Marc Saluk, Lisa Wendel and Jon Heffner, but all of the local business, industry and educational partners within Partnering for Progress,” Peltz, a 1992 Greenville High School graduate, shared.

Following graduation from Greenville, Peltz attended Wittenburg University. He has been employed by Greenville City Schools for 17 years, he said. Peltz began his career as a teacher, he said, adding junior varsity girls basketball coach to his resume, then moving up to head girls basketball coach, teaching regular and advanced English. He was yearbook advisor, as well, he said. Then he moved into the administration, first as assistant principal and then principal at the junior high and South Middle School. Following that, he was the K-12 curriculum director for the district, before roles were shuffled upon personnel changes, he said.

“…When I graduated from college, it was awesome to be blessed to be able to come back and serve the community where I graduated,” Peltz stated. “I’m glad I’ve had that opportunity to come back and serve. Now, I’m starting another chapter in my life, my wife and I just had our second little girl, and overall we’re transitioning to a different chapter of our lives.”

Peltz has accepted the position of supervisor of electives and business and information technology programs at Miami Valley Career Tech Center (MVCTC), he said.

“I’m very excited, and proud, to have this opportunity to join their team. It’s a great opportunity, both professionally and for family considerations,” Peltz said. “I’ve been blessed to be able to serve the community where I graduated for the past 17 years, and I’m honored to be able to accept a fantastic opportunity at MVCTC, at the same time.”

Peltz is also proud of the impact he’s made on the CTC and the partnership between economic development, industry, educators and government, he said. In the past year, the drop-out prevention, using Greenville Virtual Academy as an alternative educational environment for those who don’t thrive in the typical classroom setting, Greenville High School’s graduation rate was “as high as it’s ever been,” Peltz said. Along with that, Greenville High School’s core curriculum showed improvements, he said.

The work that’s been done at the CTC, including the upcoming improvements planned for the $500,000 grant from the state, has been fulfilling for Peltz, he said. The CTC has updated to a 21st century look with new signage, Peltz added, along with improving enrollment, with an expected 45 students for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year.

“With the resurgence of manufacturing, I think that those upgrades will be a fantastic opportunity for our area, adults and students,” Peltz said. “Manufacturing fits on an engineering pathway, and we have an outstanding engineering program at the Greenville CTC. I see those working hand-in-hand and being a potentially great development for our area. I’m thankful to Representative Jim Buchy, Senator Bill Beagle, Mr. Saluk and Mrs. Wendel for helping to bring this to our area.”

Peltz said that an upgraded workforce development facility and program will ultimately help the students, because the more educators know about what those who are doing the hiring want, the more they can prepare their students for the workforce, he suggested.

“I was working with [economic development leaders], probably every week,” Peltz said. “And what I saw, was that there is a ton of crossover between what we need to help our adult workers, those who are underskilled, underemployed or displaced, and the student side. There’s a lot you’re able to help with and enhance, as far as skills training, that can cross over to the student population from the adult side of workforce training. It’s been very fulfilling to work with, serve, and help both areas.”

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