Field narrowed for Copley-Fairlawn superintendent
By Pam Lifke
COPLEY/FAIRLAWN — The search committee to choose a new superintendent for the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools District last week narrowed the field from 32 applicants to nine candidates.
The nine are Russell Chaboudy,
of Stow, assistant superintendent of Barberton City
Schools; Richard Evans, of North Royalton, director
of curriculum and instruction for North Royalton City
Schools; Palmer Fogler, of Strasburg, superintendent
of Strasburg-Franklin Local Schools; Joseph Iacano,
of Akron, superintendent of Crestwood Local Schools;
David Macali, of Munroe Falls, superintendent of Green
Local Schools; Sherman Micsak, of Avon Lake, assistant
superintendent of Bedford City Schools; Mark Robinson,
of Brecksville, assistant superintendent of Brecksville-Broadview
Heights City Schools; Michael Tefs, of Medina, director
of instruction for Wadsworth City Schools; and Maryann
Wolowiec, of Hudson, who resigned this week as superintendent
of Hudson City Schools.
Board of Education President
Julie Schafer said she was pleased with the field of
candidates and hopes to find the district’s new
superintendent among them. She said she hopes the committee
can make a decision and select a new district leader
by November. She added she would like to have the new
superintendent hired as soon as possible so they could
get to know the district
before negotiating a new contract with teachers in 2007.
Schafer said the community forum
at the Sept. 19 board meeting was a tremendous help to
the committee, and the summary, which soon will be available
on the district’s Web site, will be a great asset
to the new superintendent.
“The community took it
seriously and did a great job,” she said.
She said information from those
attending the meeting and surveys completed by teachers
indicate the district should be looking for someone
with vision and who can encourage and empower people.
They also need to have a good five-year plan
and a sense of where the district
is going, Schafer said.
The search committee will interview
three candidates each day on Oct. 9, 10 and 18 to narrow
the field again. Treasurer John Wheadon said he expects
two to three rounds of interviews before the committee
makes its final choice.
Members of the selection committee
include Wheadon and school board members Sue Emich,
Kenneth Calderone, John Trecaso and Schafer. District
administrators on the search committee are Director
of Educational Services Roger Saurer, Copley High School
Principal William Steffen, Copley Middle School
Principal JoAnn Berkowitz and Arrowhead
Primary School Principal Gary Novak. Kay Makishi is
the community representative chosen by the Board of
The board also voted at its last
meeting to include one representative each from among
district teachers, classified staff and students to participate
in the screening and initial interviews. Those representatives
are Copley High School English teacher Alice Rote, Herberich
Secretary Joy Neale-May and Copley High School Student
Council President Nicole Papoi.