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Personnel changes for NCS

Stacey Hartley • Jul 31, 2019 at 5:00 PM

The start of the 2019-20 school year is less than a month away, and personnel changes at St. Paul Jr. High and High School are in full swing. 

The first of those changes being Jim Tokarsky’s transition into the coordinator for parish religious education. “With the opening of a new position in the school system, Mr. Jim Tokarsky has elected to take on a different role . . . ,” read an excerpt from a press release.

The release also divulged the educator aims to become a deacon, adding “He has demonstrated a deep love of our Catholic faith that will serve him well as he enters the new role.”

With nearly 15 years of leadership experience, Tokarsky is reported to be looking forward to returning to the classroom.

A new role in the school system — Director of Instruction — has been filled by Darren Conley.

Conley has almost four decades of school-leadership experience, from multiple schools, acting as: director for special education, high school principal and a State Support Team coordinator, among other leadership duties.    

“Mr. Conley brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and compassion to our school,” the district shared in a prepared statement.

“With his collaborative nature and expertise, NCS will continue to grow.”

Lastly, Norwalk Catholic School’s president, Martin Linder, will also assume the duties as Principal of St. Paul’s Jr./HS. 

“We want to hold onto stability at the top,” said Linder. 

The 1999 St. Paul grad said his specific focus is going to be on keeping the Catholic faith, while maintaining better communications and relationships with the students and staff.

“There will be more of a direct impact in being the principal (for Jr.High/High schoolers) . . . I’ll spend (more) time being more visible,” Linder said.

The president-principal shared he was excited to have “Conley right there with (him)” to help keep up with day-to-day practices for the school year — a move he stated was not related to Tokarsky’s move to a different position. 

“At the time, NCS (together with the Toledo Diocese) had been reaching out to someone with (a particular) experience working in/with high schools . . .The hunt for Conley as director of instruction was separate,” Linder said.  

Adding, “We want to have the right people in the right places.”

What’s next for NCS is a joint “Stuff the Bus” with Norwalk City Schools, where the community is encouraged to donate for Friday.

Additionally, there are alumni events planned for Saturday including a golf outing, a “parking lot event” and an evening dinner for alumni at the Social Hall. 

“We keep it hopping,” Linder added.

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