Rossford hires alumnus as new superintendent PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:04
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The Rossford Board of Education Monday hired one of its graduates to lead the school district.
On a 5-0 vote the board approved the contract for Dan Creps, a 1984 graduate of Rossford High School. Creps is principal of Woodland Elementary in Perrysburg.
He will assume his new duties in Rossford on April 1, according to district communications liaison Lisa Spotts.
His contract runs through July 31, 2015. He will be paid $115,000 annually through the 2013-2014 school year.
The vote came after the board announced last week that the board had decided on Creps. He was one of two finalists. The other was Dr. Deb Piotrowski, superintendent at Xenia.
Creps will replace Dr. Bill McFarland, who has been interim superintendent since fall, 2011.
Coming in April, Creps will be dropped into the middle of the district's study of what it needs to do with its buildings. The school district has charged a citizens group with taking a multi-pronged approach to deciding whether the district should build new schools or renovate existing structures, and what role the district's downtown campus will play.
An ambitious plan to build a new high school and junior high school in 2010 was resoundingly defeated.
During a community forum late last month where he and Piotrowski spoke, Creps refused to say whether he thinks the district should renovate or build new. "It would be premature for me to weigh in" while information is still being gathered," he said.
Creps told the forum he was "a hometown boy with a worldwide view."
He did not start out to be an educator. After graduating from Wittenburg University with a degree in speech and English, he started to pursue a career in radio in Erie, Pa. But after experiencing the uncertainties of that business, he returned to Rossford where a  job with the Recreation Department convinced him to pursue a career in education.
That career started in as an elementary teacher at Whiteford Elementary in Sylvania. He held several teaching and administrative positions in Sylvania before becoming Woodland principal six years ago.
"I've been part of two outstanding districts," he told the forum in February. "I want to be part of a third outstanding district."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:26
 

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