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Chardon BOE Selects Hanlon as New Superintendent of Schools
March 21, 2013 by Glen Miller | No Comments

Superintendent of Painesville City Schools Dr. Michael Hanlon has been chosen as the new Chardon Schools top administrator, a post he assumes Aug. 1.

Superintendent of Painesville City Schools Dr. Michael Hanlon has been chosen as the new Chardon Schools top administrator, a post he assumes Aug. 1.

Hanlon unanimously was selected to replace retiring Superintendent Joe Bergant during a special 9 a.m. school board meeting Saturday.

Bergant, who will remain superintendent until July, announced last year he would resign from the district at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

At the board’s request, however, he agreed to stay on as superintendent this year to assist in the healing process following the tragic Feb. 27, 2012, shooting of six students at Chardon High School.

School board President Karen Blankenship said she is pleased with the board’s decision to appoint Hanlon, who was picked because of his experience as a superintendent.

She said Hanlon’s “proven leadership capabilities” stood out during the selection process, which included separate presentations be-fore residents and school staff in February.

“There are a lot of educational changes coming, such as the new teacher-principal evaluations and the new common core standards,” Blankenship said. “We need a knowledgeable professional who can hit the ground running.”

Hanlon “has the depth of knowledge we need. All around, his strengths fit us well,” she added.

Following the meeting, board members Paul Stefanko and Larry Reiter said Hanlon has been given a three-year, $120,000 annual contract.

Although Hanlon’s salary is $5,000 more than Bergant’s contract, Hanlon will receive fewer benefits, which Reiter said will save the school district money.

Hanlon, who attended the board meeting, thanked the members for the “trust and confidence” they have placed in him as the next “educational leader of the Chardon local schools.”

“Chardon Schools are rich in academic tradition and excellence, with outstanding students staff and administrators,” he said. “It is clear from our numerous discussions throughout this process that the board of education is committed to a vision that builds on this history and responds to the rapid changes in terms of finances, instruction, assessment and accountability at the state and national levels, that are affecting all school districts at this time.”

Hanlon, 50, received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Cleveland State University, where he also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

A Mentor resident, he has been superintendent at Painesville City Schools since July of 1998.

Prior to going to Painesville, he spent five years as a teacher in Mentor and five years as one of the district’s principals.

“I’m committed to working together with staff and parents to improve student achievement and promote pride in the Chardon Schools,” Hanlon said. “I’m looking forward to being an integral part of the Chardon com-munity.”

Following the meeting, Hanlon said he tendered his resignation this week to the Painesville City Schools Board of Education contingent on the Chardon school board’s formal announcement this morning.

When asked about Chardon Schools’ precarious financial condition, Hanlon said he has discussed it with the board and wants to closely evaluate it before making public comments or recommendations.

“To start, I want to meet the community,” he said. “We will remain in Mentor, but I know this is a great community, so I want to get out and meet people.”

Hanlon expressed interest in meeting Chardon community leaders and said he might attend a future Chardon City Council meeting as part of his introductory process.

Hanlon was one of three finalists interviewed to replace Bergant.

The others were Willoughby South High School Principal Paul Lombardo and Brunswick Schools Assistant Superintendent Joelle Magyar.

During her public interview, Magyar said Hanlon “mentored” her while she served under him as a Painesville school principal.

She also was among the finalists for the West Geauga Schools superintendent’s position in June 2012. The school board, however, selected current Superintendent Geoff Palmer in a 3-2 vote.

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