New Interim Principal Named at CHS
February 21, 2024 by Amy Patterson

Chardon Schools announced Feb. 21 Mary Pat Pavicic will assume the role of interim principal at Chardon High School for the remainder of the school year after Principal Doug Murray abruptly resigned Feb. 9 following an investigation that showed grade tampering.

Chardon Schools announced Feb. 21 Mary Pat Pavicic will assume the role of interim principal at Chardon High School for the remainder of the school year after Principal Doug Murray abruptly resigned Feb. 9 following an investigation that showed grade tampering.

Pavicic, a Wickliffe resident, is a familiar face in the building, as she has served as assistant principal at CHS since 2022.

In a press release, the district said a comprehensive search for a permanent candidate would begin in the fall.

“Ms. Pavicic is an ideal candidate for this interim position,” Superintendent Michael Hanlon said. “During her tenure as Chardon High School assistant principal, she has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and has a great rapport with both students and staff.”

Pavicic was a science teacher at Aurora High School for 15 years before moving to CHS. In that time, she completed a principal internship while completing her certification program in educational administration, the district said, adding she has expertise in leading state testing, budgets, curricular mapping and community engagement.

Pavicic works as a liaison to Kent State University, where she assists with the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program. She has advised students in the National Honor Society and Rotary, and is an avid runner, reader and global traveler.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as a leader at Chardon High School, and I am grateful for this opportunity,” Pavicic said in the press release. “We have truly outstanding students, staff and families, and I’m excited to continue to lead our school community to uphold our district’s mission of high achievement for all students in a safe, supportive and positive learning environment.”

The district has tapped James Reed, a retired school administrator with nearly 30 years of high school teaching and administration experience, to join the CHS team.

Reed has served as principal at the Renaissance School of Humanities and International Studies in Cleveland Heights and interim principal at Shaker Heights High School.

“We believe that Ms. Pavicic’s knowledge of our school and community, combined with Mr. Reed’s long-term administrative record, represent the ideal solution for building on the momentum of Chardon High School’s growth and its reputation as an academic institution where all students are provided with the opportunity to succeed,” Chardon Schools Board of Education President Karen Blankenship said.

The board will officially vote on the appointment at their March 18 meeting.

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