After hours of interviews on Wednesday and Thursday evening, the Crestwood Board of Education has chosen David Toth as the district's new superintendent.
"I feel that we hired him because he seemed to have some great ideas for Crestwood," said board president Bonnie Lovejoy. "We wanted to find the best fit."
Toth has been the principal at West Geauga High School in Chesterland in Geauga County for six years. Prior to that he was a principal, assistant principal and teacher at Riverside High School in Painesville County.
"I want to go into educational administration because I want to impact more kids and teachers," Toth said. "I want to influence them in a positive direction."
Lovejoy said she thinks Toth is ready to make the leap from his role as a principal to his new responsibilities as a superintendent.
"He seemed to have a vision," she said. "He was very excited about it."
One of Toth's plans for the district is to include more technology in the curriculum.
"I think it enhances the student learning environment and helps engage the students in the learning process," he said.
First, Toth said he wants to focus on getting to know the students, teachers, staff, parents and the community.
"I want to take the district and continue the great success it's had," he said. "I'm very happy I was chosen and honored to be a Red Devil."
Joe Iacano, who has served as Crestwood superintendent for the past 10 years, is retiring effective July 1.
The board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the primary school, 11256 Bowen Road, to officially hire Toth.
The board also will vote on a resolution of urgent necessity for the renovation of certain district buildings for the security and protection of district property.
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