FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Local School District has found an interim superintendent to serve during the first half of next school year.

The board voted to offer Tom Shade the position after meeting with him during an executive session portion of its Tuesday meeting.

Shade will serve in the interim while the board seeks a replacement for out-going superintendent Matt Chrispin. The board officially accepted Chrispin’s resignation Tuesday (see related story).

Treasurer Heather Darnold said that Shade has about 14 years of experience as a superintendent. He retired from River Valley in 2012 and has been serving in interim positions since that time.

“He has a wealth of experience. He’s very well versed in school finance and has a strong background in curriculum,” said Darnold. “Mr. Shade will continue in that role in pushing and moving the district forward.”

Shade’s contract begins June 4 and expires Dec. 1. Darnold said the board hopes to find a permanent superintendent by January 2020. The district has contracted the Ohio School Board Association to help with the superintendent search.

“They held focus groups within the building,” said Darnold. “They will accept all the applications, they’ll put together all the interviews. They’ll assist in the interview process, setting everything up, doing the call backs.”

Darnold said that while the OSBA will do most of the information gathering and organizing, the school board will interview potential candidates and conduct reference checks. The district will be paying OSBA $8,500 for the services provided.


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