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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.


1hurrdurr(98 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Indeed 300.

All they had to do was ask. Poland may end up regretting this one.

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2natureman(66 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

Sure am glad we passed that huge levy so that we can continue paying our administrators such large salaries. Here's hoping that this superintendant can restore some of the academic programs that were recently taken away. He will have his hands full trying to bring that high school back.

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3poland21(96 comments)posted 1 year, 6 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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4natureman(66 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

No one is focusing on rumors from the past. Our current elementaries have no art and music teachers. All I was saying is that if we are in such dire need perhaps salaries of administrators should be considered along with everything else. Many people feel that the Poland schools are top heavy with administrators who earn a very generous salary.

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5poland21(96 comments)posted 1 year, 6 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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6polandfan(24 comments)posted 1 year, 6 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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7nipsy(133 comments)posted 1 year, 6 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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8Diebold2000(38 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

The man has a master degree and 7 years experience and you're complaining $104,000 is too much? You're probably one of those fools who pay $75-$100 for a NFL game. Why does this area continue to bitch and moan about paying for education. I am not a teacher but I am in Management and this salary is under what he could get outside of this area. What do you want to do, call Manpower and have them send in a temporary?

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9naturewoman(3 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

He is a member of the good ole boys club. He played football so that makes him qualified to do the job. Salem got rid of him for many reasons. He just keeps getting hired at various places. He has good connections in the "club"

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