Daulbaugh to take reins as school superintendent

by Bob Gaetjens | Editor Published:

Streetsboro -- Michael Daulbaugh has been selected to serve as the next superintendent of Streetsboro Schools.

The Board of Education unanimously voted to approve a three-year contract for Daulbaugh at its annual strategic plan meeting Feb. 2. The contract will take effect on Aug. 1 and run through July 31, 2016.

He will earn $105,000 for the 2013-14 school year, according to Treasurer Cathy Rouse.

Currently, Daulbaugh serves as director of curriculum for Streetsboro City Schools.

Daulbaugh will replace Dr. Tim Calfee, former Ravenna City Schools superintendent, who is serving under a one-year contract. Calfee's resignation also was accepted by the School Board Feb. 2, according to School Board member Kevin Grimm. Calfee's last official day is July 31.

School Board President Denise Baba said Daulbaugh's wide-ranging experience in education will be a plus for the district.

"He has a varied and deep educational background," she said. "When you look for these types of positions, it would be good to have someone with superintendent experience. This is not his first go around as a curriculum director. He served in that position at another school district. He knows education from the ground up."

Grimm said the district didn't conduct an external search for a new superintendent.

"We decided we wanted to look at an internal candidate first," he said. "It's about two to two-and-a-half months that we've discussing this, working toward where we are right now."

The discussions occurred in executive session, he added.

One of the things Grimm said attracts him about Daulbaugh is his devotion to the district.

"We want to grow own [administrators] and Mike has grown with this district," he said.

Since former Superintendent Tom Giovangoli, who retired in 2008, the district has had four superintendents: Linda T. Keller, Bob Wolfe, Bob Hunt and current Superintendent Dr. Tim Calfee.

Daulbaugh said stability in the administrative team is important for the district to succeed.

"I believe this district has all the keys to be an excellent district," he said. "The only thing we've lacked is a consistent administration. I don't understand why this has been such a transient position for the last couple years."

In his contract, Daulbaugh "waives his statutory rights …to terminate through resignation the superintendent's contract before the 10th day of July of any school year or during any school year, prior to the termination of the annual session." Only by "mutual agreement with the School Board can he resign, according to the contract.

Daulbaugh joined the district in 2010 as principal of Campus Elementary School and has served this school year as the district's curriculum director.

Grimm said he's confident Daulbaugh, who he said has learned from both Hunt and Calfee, will be a well-respected leader.

"He's going to bring really solid leadership to this district," said Grimm. "He's shown us he can lead a building and that he can take over a really important position like curriculum director. A good leader, such as Mike, takes from other leaders and becomes and even better leader."

Daulbaugh said this spring will be a busy time for the district. He said he will be working to hire four new administrators: curriculum director, special services director, principal at Wait Primary School and principal at Henry Defer Intermediate School. Daulbaugh will most likely work with Calfee on the hirings.

Grimm said the School Board unanimously accepted current Defer School Principal Lisa Bontempo's resignation Feb. 2.

Daulbaugh said current Special Services Director Rayna Antol is serving as an interim director.

Wait Primary School Principal Jon Natko's resignation was accepted by the School Board in January.

"Right now is a very exciting time in this district, and I'm happy to be a part of it," said Daulbaugh.

The district also will be starting to work in earnest on a school facilities plan this spring, he said. A School Board work session is planned (but not yet scheduled) for sometime during the next few weeks to "decide on a master [facilities] plan," he said.

"Any time you get the opportunity to rebuild your entire district, that's something that's a once in 30- or 40-year opportunity, and that's going to be exciting."

He said the district should learn later this spring whether money from the Ohio School Facilities Commission earmarked for use on facilities could become available later this year or next.

New superintendent's background

Prior to coming to Streetsboro, Daulbaugh was the Response to Intervention Coordinator for za Local Schools in Hartville.

A 1991 graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, he holds a bachelor of arts degree in education. In 1998, he received a master's degree in science from Youngstown State University. Through the course of his career, Daulbaugh has been a classroom teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, a curriculum director, testing coordinator and RTI coordinator, according to the school district's website.

Daulbaugh has held memberships in the National Association of Elementary School Principals, been a member of the Governing Board for the East Regional Professional Development Center, and participated as a member of the State Standards Committee for the Ohio Fourth-Grade Proficiency Test in Science, among other leadership roles. He has also presented for local, county and state workshops.

Outside of work, he's served as an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, a vacation Bible school teacher, a soccer coach, is a member of the First Baptist Church of Alliance and volunteers at Akron Children's Hospital.

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  • Whoa, wait a minute. What about the middle school? Mr. Hatch has turned in his retirement. Are we saying a decision has already been made to retain him or did we already find his replacement? Are we going to permit him to double dip? His record hasn't been that good at the middle school. So why are we going to retain him? Martin Fleming