Crestwood announces three-year contract for new superintendent

By Rachel Hagenbaugh | Staff Writer Published:

The Crestwood Board of Education approved a three-year contract for the district's new superintendent, David Toth, during Monday's special meeting.

"I'm very excited to be here and I can't wait to get started," Toth said.

Maryellen Griffin, a bus driver for Crestwood, said she thinks he is a good fit for the district and has a good feeling about Toth. During his interview she said he had a lot of ideas for the schools, which included improvements in technology.

"He said he wants to advance us and keep us ahead of the curve," she said. "He wants to continue to help us grow and we appreciate that."

"He had a lot of energy in the interview," said preschool teacher Beth Marlow, "He knew our standing and did a lot of research on the district."

Toth will be coming from West Geauga High School in Chesterland, Geauga County where he spent six years as the principal. Prior to that he was a principal, assistant principal and teacher at Riverside High School in Painesville County.

"He knows how to manage kids," Griffin said. "One of the hardest elements is keeping high school students on track."

Having been a principal for 10 years, Toth said he is used to attending a lot of the events and getting to know the children. He hopes to continue the same interactions with the students when he becomes Crestwood's superintendent.

Sally Benner, a library aide for the intermediate school, said she thinks the board made a good decision.

"I think he's a real people person and that's what our district needs," she said.

Joe Iacano, who has served as Crestwood superintendent for the past 10 years, is retiring effective July 1.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1123 or rhagenbaugh@recordpub.com

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  • His wage benefit package is public record.

  • What is the cost of his wage/benefit package? or, is that info top secret?