New Philadelphia Superintendent David Brand visits North Olmsted


NEW PHILADELPHIA – Superintendent David Brand is leaving New Philadelphia City Schools to fill the same position in a suburban Cleveland neighborhood on August 1.

The North Olmsted School Board on Wednesday hired Brand, giving him a two-year contract with an automatic one-year extension.

“I am very excited to be returning home to the West End of Cleveland to join the City of North Olmsted’s First Learning Community of Schools,” Brand said in a prepared statement released by North Olmsted Schools. “My family and I look forward to forming relationships and being a part of the community.”

In an emailed statement to the media, he expressed his love for New Philadelphia, the staff, the students and the community, but said family considerations had been a factor in his decision to leave the job he held. for six years.

“The health of (my) father made it important for my family and I to live near him,” he wrote. “I was given a personal and professional opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

He began his educational career as a math teacher at Chagrin Falls High School in eastern Cuyahoga County, 53 miles from North Olmsted.

“I am very grateful and proud of our accomplishments in New Philadelphia,” Brand said. “However, I would say culture and relationships are our real successes which have been accomplished by our team.”

In his resignation letter, effective July 31, Brand cited these and other accomplishments:

• Do not miss a student day due to COVID-19 during the 2020-2021 school year.

• Increase the number of advanced internship courses.

• Developed an internship and mentoring program for high performing high school students with local businesses.

• Development of a sustainable individual technology program for Kindergarten to Grade 12.

• Comprehensive programs for computers, English learners and dyslexia intervention.

“The district is in great shape and I am sure the next leader will continue to grow the district, while building on its tradition of excellence,” Brand said.

The New Philadelphia Board of Education begins the Brand replacement process. It was planned to hold a working session Thursday evening to review the staff.

In North Olmsted, Brand will replace outgoing Superintendent Michael E. Zalar.

This district has just under 3,600 students in three primary schools, three colleges, one middle school and one high school. This district has $ 58 million in annual general fund expenditure.

In contrast, New Philadelphia has $ 34.7 in annual credits. The district has 3,001 students in its five elementary, middle and high schools.

Voters in the District of North Olmsted in May rejected an $ 8.5 million property tax bill that would have raised $ 7.2 million a year.

Zalar then told the online news site, “The financial needs of the district are real. We will need to continue to engage our citizens in the difficult conversation about how schools are funded and the value a high quality school system has to the community.

Looking forward to his work in schools in North Olmsted, Brand said: “The first step is to start learning on the job, in order to build relationships and trust with all stakeholders. I want to listen to stakeholders and learn more about the district. I feel honored and blessed to become an eagle and to start working together to continue to build on the excellent traditions of the Town of North Olmsted schools. “

The research that culminated in her hiring included staff and community surveys, school and community focus groups, reference checks and two rounds of interviews with the school board.

“The board enjoyed getting to know Mr. Brand,” said Terry Groden, Chairman of the Board. “He has an open and collaborative leadership approach and plans to be very visible. He and his family plan to live in North Olmsted. He has considerable experience and the council believes he is the right candidate for our district at this time. We are convinced that we have made an excellent choice. David has led and inspired people in his past experiences and we know he will build relationships here with staff, students, businesses and community members.

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