North Olmsted Hires New Phila Superintendent David Brand

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A suburban Cleveland school board hired New Philadelphia school principal David Brand on Wednesday night.

The North Olmsted School Board awarded Brand a two-year contract as superintendent effective August 1, with an automatic one-year extension.

Brand replaces retired North Olmsted Superintendent Michael E. Zalar.

The recommendation to hire Brand came from North Olmsted School Board President Terry Groden after research conducted by the Ohio School Boards Association.

North Olmsted City Schools has an enrollment of just under 3,600 students in three elementary schools, three middle schools, one middle school and one high school. The 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.

District voters in May rejected an $ 8.5 million property tax bill that would have raised $ 7.2 million annually.

Zalar then told the Cleveland.com 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.

Brand has been the Superintendent of New Philadelphia since 2015.

The New Philadelphia Board of Education will hold a working session Thursday at 8 p.m. The meeting will consist of an executive session, closed to the public, to review the staff. It will take place in the Board Room of the Administration Building at 248 Front Ave. SW.

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