Board names Roach principal at Monroe Elementary School

Joseph Roach
The New Richmond Board of Education Thursday night approved the hiring of Joseph Roach as the new principal at Monroe Elementary.

He replaces Mark Bailey who is now the principal at New Richmond High School.

“I am very happy to announce the approval of Joe Roach by the BOE,” said Superintendent Adam Bird. “We are excited to be able to attract a candidate like Mr. Roach to NREVSD. He has extensive experience in providing for the education of all students, including those students who are gifted and those with special needs.”

Roach, a graduate of Anderson High School and a resident of Anderson Township, comes to Monroe after six years as an assistant principal for both Sycamore’s Montgomery and Blue Ash Elementary schools.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Roach earned a master of education degree from Xavier University. He was a teacher for nine years prior to becoming an administrator including five years at Sycamore’s Edwin H. Green Intermediate School, three years at Cincinnati’s Gamble School and one year at an elementary school in High Point, North Carolina.

“Education is the same everywhere,” Roach said regarding the challenge of going from a large suburban district to a rural school like Monroe. “We all are trying to do what is best for the kids and kids are the same whether it’s the city, the suburbs or the country.”

Roach brings an extensive administrative resume to the New Richmond district including duties as the instructional leader for the two Sycamore elementary schools which totaled 1065 students; a case manager for special education; response to intervention school leader; overseer of two district autism units and one district ED unit; evaluation of all teaching and classified staff at his buildings; and developer of an elementary professional learning community model.

He also developed all building schedules and implemented technology programming for the two elementary schools where he split his time as assistant principal.

“I’m looking forward to building a bond with the families, students and the community at Monroe,” said Roach. “I’m fortunate to be following in the footsteps of someone like Mark Bailey and to take over at a great school with an outstanding staff.”