By jeanne starmack
The Hubbard school board has chosen a new district superintendent.
He is Raymond Soloman, who’s now principal of Hubbard Roosevelt Elementary School.
He will be paid $90,000 a year under a three-year contract, said school-board president Don Newell.
He will begin Aug. 1. The current superintendent, Richard Buchenic, retires as of July 31.
The board chose Soloman from a field of 14 applicants. It had narrowed its search to eight candidates, which it interviewed last week.
Soloman was chosen Tuesday from a final group of four candidates.
“The final three were just phenomenal,” Newell said Wednesday. “But we picked the right guy.”
Newell declined to name the other candidates.
Soloman is expected to officially be hired at a board meeting at 6 tonight.
Soloman said Wednesday he has been with the Hubbard district for 12 years, eight of them as elementary school principal.
Before he became principal, he was assistant principal for three years. He taught fourth grade for one year before that.
Before coming to the Hubbard district, he taught first grade for three years in the Champion school district.
Soloman said he is a Hubbard native, graduating from Hubbard High School in 1994.
He also is a graduate of Youngs-town State University and Westminster College, according to the school district’s website.
He said he believes the transition from Buchenic to himself will be “seamless” for students, staff and the community.
He said his main priority will be to continue academic excellence and maintain a safe schools environment.