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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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Is there a more powerful source watching over the Crestwood Community? If so I'd think a thank you is in order, better 9 years late than not at all. I am relatively certain that there is much celebration among the voters, the community, and definitely the staff of the Crestwood Schools. The staff will finally be able to go into their respective positions, not under a fear that their years of service and loyalty, as well as integrity, will be destroyed under the authority of this administration, led by Mr. Iacano. You couldnt talk to this man, if you did, it would be used against you, not by the coward himself, but he has buddies for that. For those good people, especially those who may have even attended school at Crestwood, employed by the district, I'm not telling any of you anything you don't already know. The voters, maybe now we can look beyond a failed leadership, the cover-ups, and overall dishonesty, and agree to make the future of our school a stable and prosperous one for years to come. As far as all the frivolous positions created by Mr. Iacano, to help out a buddy, bring back a retired superintendent, put supervisors over supervisors, and the overall wasted resources, you are the people who should be concerned, but, don't fret, Mr. Iacano can still pull some strings and sneak in some way to cover you, in some capacity, he has been good to you, and he has done it before, I just hope its a short contract. Start at the top, work your way down, there is hope for this situation. Goodbye to the pale, little man, who operated most of the time, only as a leader by having designees do the dirty works for him, and by keeping an instilled fear and level of hostility in the work place. Crestwood is one of those places that the least educated, worst candidates for a position get the job. Everyone knows that a full trash can sitting in the hot sun for a week will stink, here is one thats been sitting for 10 years.
My family extends best wishes to Mr. Toth, and I hope you are able to bring some order and trust back to our district, it used to be something we were proud of.