Kettering school to get new principal

Jeff Blakley, principal of Van Buren Middle School in Kettering, told parents and school staff Friday that he will step down from the principal’s post this summer after three years.

Blakley said in a message to the school community that he asked for the move so he could switch back to the classroom, staying within the Kettering district.

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“My passion for teaching has not subsided since leaving the classroom, and now is the right time for me to make this move,” Blakley said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed Van Buren, which has made me realize even more that I really want to get back into the classroom and work with kids as a teacher.”

Blakley taught middle school and high school social studies in Kettering City Schools from 2003-12, before moving to Springboro schools, where he spent 2 years as an assistant principal and principal.

He came back to Kettering in summer 2014 to take the Van Buren principal job.

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Blakley will finish out the school year as principal and said his replacement will be announced “when that decision has been made.” School district officials could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

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