ZOARVILLE (WJER) (June 24, 2022) – Mark Murphy is stepping aside as the superintendent at Tusky Valley Schools after 17 years, but he is not leaving the district.
The 2020 BASA Ohio Superintendent of the Year in an open letter and an online video said he feels blessed for his time leading the district but believes it’s time to hand over the leadership reins.
School Board President Amy Burrier says the board approved murphy’s resignation at a special meeting Thursday.
“He has brought our school up to excellence,” she said. “Not only is Mr. Murphy the leader of the district but he has filled in anywhere he’s been needed. He’s driven our buses for us. He’s provided great support amongst our administration team and our staff. He knows our students.
“We were saddened to hear that he was stepping down from that position, but we’re thrilled that he can mentor Dr. [Derek] Varansky and stay alongside him to make this transition smooth.”
Burrier announced Derek Varansky will be Tusky Valley’s new superintendent. He’s been with the district for 10 years as a teacher and administrator, most recently as the director of curriculum, instruction, and federal programs.
Burrier says they won’t fill that position as Varansky will maintain some of those duties.
“We have a lot of confidence in Dr. Varanski,” Burrier said. “He’s got great leadership skills, and I think he will do a great job moving into this position.”
Murphy will stay on as the district’s director of operations and as a mentor to Varansky.
Burrier says the board next month will vote on three-year contracts for Varansky and Murphy in their new roles.
Strasburg picks Vincent Lindsey Jr.
The Strasburg-Franklin School Board has picked a new superintendent. Vincent Lindsey Jr. is slated to lead the district starting august first.
Board Vice President Kevin Harvey says Lindsey has been in education for 17 years as a teacher, administrator, and most recently as Massillon Middle School principal since 2014.
“He has high energy, enthusiasm, passion for the kids,” Harvey said. “It was apparent when we talked with him that he had vision and goals that were similar to what we had in mind.”
Harvey says Lindsey was selected from among 15 applicants to replace Adam Hall, who was Strasburg’s superintendent for one year after serving as the high school principal.