Niles BOE selects Danso interim school chief

Frank Danso replaces Mark Robinson, who resigned last week

BY Jordan Cohen


Niles Board of Education has appointed Frank Danso its interim superintendent for the remainder of the school year.

Danso will replace Mark Robinson, who stunned the board with his surprise resignation last week.

Danso, 60, of Cortland, retired as Southington schools superintendent last July.

He has been an educator for 38 years, having also held positions in the Trumbull County school districts of Joseph Badger and Lakeview.

According to the board resolution, Danso will be paid $375 per diem and will be interim superintendent for the balance of the school year ending July 31, 2013.

His first day on the job will be next Monday.

“Niles holds a lot of promise with its new facilities and I want to bring in a very positive attitude,” Danso.

Construction on a new high school and two elementary schools is projected to be completed next year.

Danso declined to say whether he would seek the permanent position when his interim contract expires next July.

The board’s decision late Wednesday night followed a lengthy two-and-a-half hour executive session to discuss the interim appointment.

“Our options were limited,” board President Tony Perrone said after the meeting.

Robinson, who had been superintendent in Niles for only 14 months, has accepted a position with the Ohio Department of Education as a regional coordinator in Northeast Ohio.

He also told the board he plans to retire.

His last day as superintendent is Friday.

Robinson did not attend Wednesday’s special board meeting.

His absence appeared to bother one board member, Chris Doutt, who said he wanted to make sure the superintendent’s absence was noted in the record.

Danso said he made the initial contact with the board after learning of Robinson’s resignation and put in his application.

He said he is looking forward to the challenge.

“I want to study the district because there are many new things happening here,” Danso said.

Four board members voted in favor of Danso’s appointment.

The fifth, Eric Lanham, was out of town and did not attend the meeting.

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