Streetsboro names superintendent

By Bob Gaetjens | gateway news Editor Published:

Michael Daulbaugh has been selected to serve as the next superintendent of the Streetsboro School District.

The Board of Education unanimously voted this week to approve a three-year contract for Daulbaugh. The contract will take effect on Aug. 1 and run through July 31, 2016.

He will earn $105,000 for the 2013-14 school year, according to Treasurer Cathy Rouse.

Daulbaugh is currently the district's director of curriculum.

Daulbaugh will replace Dr. Tim Calfee, former Ravenna City Schools superintendent, who is serving under a one-year contract. Calfee's last official day is July 31.

Board of Education president Denise Baba said Daulbaugh's wide-ranging experience in education will be a plus for the district.

"He has a varied and deep educational background," she said. "When you look for these types of positions, it would be good to have someone with superintendent experience. This is not his first go around as a curriculum director. He served in that position at another school district. He knows education from the ground up."

Board member Kevin Grimm said the district didn't conduct an external search for a new superintendent.

"We decided we wanted to look at an internal candidate first," he said. "It's about two to two-and-a-half months that we've discussing this, working toward where we are right now."

One of the things Grimm said attracts him about Daulbaugh is his devotion to the district.

"We want to grow our own (administrators) and Mike has grown with this district," he said.

Since Tom Giovangoli retired from the post in 2008, the district has had four superintendents: Linda T. Keller, Bob Wolfe, Bob Hunt and Calfee.

Daulbaugh said stability in the administrative team is important for the district to succeed.

"I believe this district has all the keys to be an excellent district," he said. "The only thing we've lacked is a consistent administration. I don't understand why this has been such a transient position for the last couple years."

According to his contract, Daulbaugh can only resign by with "mutual agreement with the school board."

Daulbaugh joined the district in 2010 as principal of Campus Elementary School and has served this school year as the district's curriculum director.

Grimm said he's confident Daulbaugh will be a well-respected leader.

"He's going to bring really solid leadership to this district," said Grimm. "He's shown us he can lead a building and that he can take over a really important position like curriculum director. A good leader, such as Mike, takes from other leaders and becomes and even better leader."

Daulbaugh said this spring will be a busy time for the district. He said he will be working to hire four new administrators: curriculum director, special services director and principals at Wait Primary School and Henry Defer Intermediate School. Daulbaugh most likely will work with Calfee on the hirings.

Grimm said the board unanimously accepted Henry Defer Principal Lisa Bontempo's resignation on Monday.

Daulbaugh said Special Services Director Rayna Antol is serving as an interim director.

Wait Principal Jon Natko's resignation was accepted by the board in January.

"Right now is a very exciting time in this district, and I'm happy to be a part of it," Daulbaugh said.

Prior to coming to Streetsboro, Daulbaugh was the Response to Intervention Coordinator for Lake Local Schools in Hartville.

A 1991 graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, he holds a bachelor of arts degree in education. In 1998, he received a master's degree in science from Youngstown State University. Through the course of his career, Daulbaugh has been a classroom teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, a curriculum director, testing coordinator and RTI coordinator, according to the school district's website.

Daulbaugh has held memberships in the National Association of Elementary School Principals, been a member of the Governing Board for the East Regional Professional Development Center, and participated as a member of the State Standards Committee for the Ohio Fourth-Grade Proficiency Test in Science, among other leadership roles. He has also presented for local, county and state workshops.

Outside of work, he's served as an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, a vacation Bible school teacher, a soccer coach, is a member of the First Baptist Church of Alliance and volunteers at Akron Children's Hospital.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9440 or bgaetjens@recordpub.com

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