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Monroe County superintendent leaves struggling school district

Updated: Wednesday, July 31 2013, 04:33 PM EDT
By Briona Arradondo


A local superintendent has left his position in a struggling Monroe County school district Wednesday, according to Switzerland of Ohio Local Schools officials.

After cutting about 40 teachers and adding a pay-to-play fee for students, officials said they felt more was needed. Superintendent Larry Elliott left two years early, following a mutual agreement with board members that it was in the district’s best interest, officials said.

"I think the board is moving in a new direction, and they are confident that this will allow them to pursue the new vision for the future of the students, staff and taxpayers of the district," said Lance Erlwein, the school district treasurer.

Elliott will help in the transition without extra pay, but the former superintendent will get paid for the next five months, Erlwein said. The board discussed the superintendent role and some principal positions all day in meetings, he said.
"It's hard for us because almost all of our surrounding districts are offering higher administrative salaries,” said Erlwein. “So, that will be a big challenge for us to find the right person when we're so financially constrained."

Officials said they saved more than $145,000 a year from cuts they already made, but it’s not enough to improve the issue. NEWS9’s Briona Arradondo asked if educators will consider combining the superintendent and principal duties, as other area school districts have done.

"Because our district is so big and we have so many buildings, we are not certain that that would be an effective combination. But it will be discussed today," said Erlwein.

Officials said they also have to think about sharing a superintendent with another district. NEWS9 tried to reach Elliott for a comment but did not hear back.

Monroe County superintendent leaves struggling school district

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