Poland board hires interim superintendent
By Ashley Luthern
The Poland Board of Education hired Don Dailey, former Boardman superintendent, Monday as interim superintendent to serve between Sept. 1 and June 30, 2013.
The board unanimously approved hiring Dailey at a salary not to exceed $76,875 and not to include health insurance benefits. Dailey worked in Boardman schools for 37 years, including four years as superintendent.
He also has served as interim superintendent in Struthers and most recently was interim principal of fifth- and sixth- grade students at Canfield Village Middle School.
Dailey called Poland a “remarkably well-run school district” and said he’s happy “to help through the year of transition.”
He added that his priority is the passage of a five-year, 5.9-mill emergency operating levy on the November ballot, which is expected to generate $2.2 million annually if approved.
“We are very fortunate to have him. Not everyone is rushing to do this job because it’s tough,” said board member Elinor Zedaker.
In June, the board accepted the early retirement of longtime Superintendent Robert Zorn, who has worked in Poland Schools for 42 years, serving as superintendent for 37.
Zorn’s contract called for an annual salary of $75,831 and was not set to end until July 31, 2016.
The board originally planned to hire an interim superintendent by Dec. 1, but that plan changed “due to circumstances within the district,” Zedaker said.
Zorn, contacted after the meeting, spoke highly of Dailey.
“I’m happy for him. I worked with him when he was at Boardman and I wish him well,” Zorn said.
Board President Dr. Larry Dinopoulos said the board, as already announced, will advertise for a permanent superintendent in January — when most school administrator jobs are posted — and have a person in the position for the 2013-14 school year.
He added that the board has been working with the Mahoning County Educational Services Center, which was the agency that recommended Dailey as interim.
Dinopoulos said the board’s priorities are passing the levy, hiring a permanent superintendent and negotiating with the district’s unions whose contracts are up in 2013.