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SMCC principal hired as new Western superintendent

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:45 PM

COLLINS -  Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic Principal Doug Solet is expected to be named the next superintendent of Western Reserve Local Schools.

Bill Lally, the superintendent of the Erie, Huron, Ottawa Educational Service Center confirmed the decision this morning. Lally's board handled the superintendent search. The Western Reserve school board will meet in special session at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library to hire and introduce Solet.

Solet, who lives in Elyria, earned his degrees from Kent State University, Baldwin-Wallace College and Ashland University.

He has spent the last three years at SMCC. He has had previous teaching experience at John Marshall High School in Cleveland, Sylvan Educational Solutions in Baltimore, Put-In-Bay Local Schools and Elyria High School.

"I feel that in order for a school district to be successful and to prepare students to be successful in life, there needs to be a great working relationship between the board, treasurer and the administrative team," Solet wrote in his application. "This relationship can be built most effectively through communication.

"Each of the three mentioned parties, all have an important role in the running of a district. ...Regardless of what the position somebody holds within a district, they need to remember that they need to provide a quality education for all of the stakeholders. If they keep that as their primary goal, the district will be successful and a model for other districts to follow."

Solet was unavailable this morning for further comment.

He will replace Don Barnes, who turned in his letter of resignation at the April school board meeting. Barnes, who took over Aug. 1 of last year, wrote in his letter he was resigning for retirement purposes because he "wanted to spend more time with my family."

Solet will become Western's fifth superintendent in seven years. Mark Gagyi, a former Vermilion superintendent, joined the district in 2000 to replace Dennis Bahmer, who served for three years in the position.

When Gagyi left in 2006, Jerry Wolf was hired as a replacement, but he resigned shortly thereafter for personal reasons. Max Schoff, a retired superintendent from Perkins, was hired to fill in for a year.

Barnes, a retired superintendent from Michigan, was then hired with the understanding he would devote five years to the job.

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