FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown school board unanimously approved a new superintendent at its meeting Tuesday. Susan Hayward was granted a three-year contract effective August 16.
“I am honored, privileged and humbled to accept this position,” said Hayward. “I’m so excited. I just can’t wait to get started, to meet all the staff and community members and students.”
Hayward, who spent most of her growing up years in Newark, said that family ties and the school district’s superb reputation compelled her to apply for the position.
“The school district has a good community, it has a really good report card, it’s fiscally responsible and has a good five year forecast,” said Hayward. “I think it is 100 percent a destination school district. It is in such good shape on all levels and I would like to be a part of that.”
Board president Jim Blanchard said that the district had many wonderful candidates, but Hayward was the best all-around fit for the district.
“She is certainly student-centered with a solid background, experience and energy,” said Blanchard. “We are all excited to begin this next chapter with Susan leading our district.”
Hayward comes to Fredericktown after three years as the superintendent of Washington Local Schools in Toledo. Prior to that, she served as assistant superintendent of Beavercreek City Schools. She has also held the positions of district administrator, assistant principal and director of curriculum and instruction.
Hayward began her career with 11 years at Greeneview Local Schools as an elementary and middle school teacher. She has also taught at the collegiate level, working as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University, Ashland University and Ohio University and an assistant professor at Wilmington College. She earned her Ph.D. in Reading/Language Arts/Research from OSU.
“Susan has a strong focus on individualized instruction and using technology in helping students grow, achieve and succeed,” read a district press release. “She places a strong emphasis on being able to look at strengths and weaknesses of each child.”
Tom Shade, who was appointed interim superintendent in May, will stay with the district for a few weeks to help with the transition.
“I just wanted to thank the board again,” said Shade. “I appreciated the opportunity to serve during the transition and look forward to working with Susan Hayward as we move forward.”
“The feeling’s mutual, said Blanchard to Shade. “We’ve enjoyed having you here.”
Other meeting business included a report by Cale Grubb, district transportation coordinator. Grubb shared statistics based on the 2018-2019 school year.
With a school district totaling 83 square miles, the district employs nine full-time drivers, one mechanic, one coordinator and six substitute bus drivers. There are nine main route buses and three spare buses. Last year, the district buses ran a total of 3,420 routes and 418 extracurricular trips. The drivers traveled a total of 153,319 miles last year – enough for each to drive to Los Angeles and back four times. In total, the district buses used 24,611 gallons of diesel fuel.
“The neat thing about those big numbers is that we did it all safely,” said Grubb. “No injuries, every student got home safely.”
The board also:
•Approved an agreement with the Village of Fredericktown to hire a full-time school resource officer for the 2019-2020 school year. Ronny Flynn will continue as SRO.
•Accepted the donation of a VertiMax Speed and Vertical Training machine, valued at $4,500 from Todd Fitzpatrick.
•Authorized a resolution extending a master supply agreement with Direct Energy.
•Accepted the resignation of custodian David Hebenthal, effective August 29.
•Approved a contract with Leah Clendening at Cornerstone Pediatric Therapy LTD for physical therapy services for students with special needs.
•Approved the bus routes and stops presented for the 2019-2020 school year and authorized the transportation coordinator and superintendent to make necessary adjustments throughout the school year.
•Authorized hiring of substitute teachers through the Knox Educational Service Center/Renhill.
•Hired Theodora Roush as a middle school English teacher.
•Approved various policy changes in accordance with NEOLA updates.