In a special session Wednesday the Western Reserve Board of Education hired Rodge Wilson to fill the new assistant superintendent position.
The board cannot hire a permanent superintendent until legal matters concerning sexual harassment charges against Doug Solet are cleared up, and Mark Gagyi has been serving as an interim replacement.
The board decided to create an assistant superintendent position and hire from within, with the intent of considering the person filling it when the permanent position as head of the district opens up.
Wilson, 41, has worked at Western for 19 years, first as a math and science teacher, and for the past two years as assistant elementary principal. He has degrees from Otterbein College and Bowling Green State University and lives in the Bellevue area with his wife Cherri, an R.N. They have nine children.
Wilson said he was honored to be chosen for the job and excited about the opportunity for professional development.
"I love to learn new things," he told the board, "I want to thank you this is a very good Western thing to do."
Board member Dale Daniels said the move "is totally new territory and a golden chance to see if somebody in-house can do it."
Gagyi stressed that although a new position has been created and filled, "We are not increasing the budget." He is paid for each day he works and has agreed to cut down the number of days. He said that amount in addition to Wilson's salary will not exceed what a permanent superintendent would receive.
In other business, the board employed Valerie Miller to replace Lisa Border as a high school English teacher. Border will be taking over the position of high school principal.
The board also approved the purchase of visitor side bleachers from D. Stack Company for $51,700. The unit will seat 400 people, and two moveable side wings may be added in the future.