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Poland BOE appoints Janofa new chief of schools

Published: Wed, March 20, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

Zorn’s successor, a YSU graduate, gets 3-year pact

By Sean Barron



The Poland Board of Education has appointed David Janofa as the district’s next superintendent, effective Aug. 1.

During a special meeting Tuesday, the board gave a three-year contract to Janofa, who most recently had served seven years as superintendent of the Sandy Valley School District, which encompasses Stark, Carroll and Tuscarawas counties.

Janofa replaces former Superintendent Robert Zorn. After Zorn’s resignation, Daniel Dailey was appointed interim superintendent.

Janofa’s salary will be $104,000 for the first year, with his second- and third-year salaries to be set by the board, noted Beau Weaver, board president.

Janofa, a 1983 Salem High School graduate, earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 1988 from Youngstown State University, where he played defensive end for the Penguins football team.

He also was the business manager for the Marlington School District near Alliance before serving three years as Marlington High School’s principal.

Janofa said he had no short-term plans for the district, which received a rating of excellent with distinction on the latest state report card.

His main goals include getting more acquainted with the district and closely collaborating with school officials. He praised what he sees as a high level of passion for the schools.

“I’m so excited about being here and starting this journey,” he said.


1300(573 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Jesus, did nobody in Poland ask the people down in Salem before they did this? I don't even live down there, but just the little time that I've gone to Salem for business I heard about him when he was an athletic director. I can't say whether it was accurate info or not, but the school got rid of him.

I'm just surprised that Poland never called Salem, because if they heard what I've heard over the years, there's no way you'd want this guy at your school.

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2poland21(108 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Natureman, do you really think that $104,000 is a large salary to be CEO of a $20,000,000 organization?

Passing the levy has nothing to do with the salary. Dr Zorn earned $96,000 in 2005 before he retired/rehired.

Why don't we give the guy a chance before we start focusing on rumors from the past??

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3poland21(108 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

“Top heavy with administrators”?

There is ONE Principal at each school building.
There is ONE Assistant Principal and that is at the High School.
There is NO Curriculum Director.
There is NO Assistant Superintendent.
There is NO Assistant Treasurer.

Please take a look at our surrounding districts. Poland is as lean as it gets for Administrators. Most of them do the job of two, and yet people like you still think they make too much. Geez.

And our elementary kids DO have Music and Art. They are taught by the classroom teachers who are doing an amazing job. But I am sure you think they make too much too.

Please. Go to a Board meeting. Educate yourself on the financial situation of our school caused by funding cuts and unfunded mandates all courtesy of the State of Ohio.

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4polandfan(27 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Poland hires a superintendent with 7 years of experience for $104,000 and people are complaining?
Isn't that $1000 less then Canfield paid their new superintendent, and didn't Niles cause a big stir a year or so ago when they hired someone for $125,000?
Given the competitive landscape, I think Poland got a bargain.

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5nipsy(161 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Yes they all are getting hired at around the same $105,000 or so but does that make it right?? Why is it that a teacher starts year one at the bottom rung and then works their way up the pay steps to a top salary but a Superintendent gets hired at the same salary as the previous Super, who put in many years, and I'm sure, worked himself up the pay ladder? And, don't give me the crap about 7yrs experience...Schools like Poland and Canfield should set a salary and if the applicants don't like it then, don't let the door hit you!

Sounds like he made a lot of friends in Salem. Good luck with this one.

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6300(573 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

The stories I heard when I'd have lunch with some guys in Salem wasn't that people disliked him because he had new ideas that ruffled feathers. From what they said, he didn't do much of anything, and you could find him at McDonald's during the day while his secretary did all the athletic scheduling. That's why I thought it was funny to read that he has no short-term plans for Poland schools, since I remembered hearing that he never had any apparent plans while at Salem either.

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