A resident of the James A. Garfield school district has been named as the district's next superintendent.
The district's Board of Education recently named Ted Lysiak a resident of Nelson, as successor to Charles Klamer. who has led the district since 1991.
Lysiak, 38, has been director of curriculum and instruction at Euclid City Schools for nine years. He is a graduate of Kent State University, and a former fourth-grade teacher for Stow City Schools.
He and his wife, Maria, a special education teacher in the Chardon school district, have two sons. Colin, almost 9, will be a fourth-grader at James A. Garfield Elementary School, and Austin, 10, will be starting fifth-grade at James A. Garfield Intermediate School.
The family has lived in Nelson for about six years. Lysiak is involved in the PTO and as a coach of independent sports teams in the district. He is commissioner of youth football and helps coach independent basketball and baseball teams.
He said becoming superintendent of the district he calls home "was extremely meaningful to me."
"When we were looking to move, we did extensive research, and we were sold on this community immediately," he said. "Time has proven that we made the right choice. When the opportunity came up to be part of this district, I felt very strongly about it. I didn't just want to be superintendent anywhere. I wanted to be superintendent of this district."
Board member Guy Pietra said about 36 people applied for the superintendent's post.
Pietra said Lysiak's vision and knowledge of the curriculum and the community set him apart.
"We believe in his ability to relate to all of our employees," he said.
Lysiak officially takes the helm Aug. 1, when he earns his superintendent's license from Ashland University, but will serve up to 10 days in July so he can work with Klamer, something Lysiak said he's looking forward to.
"He has just demonstrated stellar leadership for our community and our district," Klamer said.
Lysiak's goals include making sure the district's renewal levy is approved in November, expanding technology and preparing students for the "next generation assessments" that will replace achievement tests and the Ohio Graduation Test, and making sure the district continues "the culture of excellence that we're used to."
"The state has related us excellent with distinction, but there's so many things the state doesn't measure that go on every day in our community," he said. "There are so many examples of teachers, custodians and bus drivers going the extra mile for our kids."
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