Willoughby-Eastlake Schools plan to have new superintendent by 2023-2024

Nov. 13—In light of an interim superintendent and interim assistant superintendent being identified, the Willoughby-Eastlake School Board plans to continue the search process for next school year's administrative staff.

Upon Steve Thompson's resignation as superintendent, the board determined that Charles Murphy will continue to serve as interim superintendent for this school year.

As a result of Murphy's appointment, Ronald J. Iarussi was named as the interim assistant superintendent. Iarussi most recently served as the superintendent of Marion City Schools and had retired from there at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

"Iaurussi brings with him vast experience and expertise, and we welcome him to our administrative team," the board said in a news release. Iarussi began his employment with the district in late September.

Last week, Board President Krista Bair approached Willowick City Council as the board is looking for members of the Willowick community to join a committee to help it in its search for a new superintendent to run the district.

The board plans to have the newly selected superintendent in place for the 2023-24 school year. During the search process, the board intends to collaborate with the community and staff members to identify pertinent qualifications desired in the next superintendent.

It is anticipated this work will begin during January and February, and continue throughout the remaining months of the current school year.

Back in August, Thompson submitted his resignation to the School Board and took a chief operations officer position in Akron Public Schools. He came to the district in 2011.

"I would like to thank our residents who have assisted during my time in Willoughby-Eastlake to implement many positive changes," Thompson said at the time of his resignation. "It has been a privilege to be a part of these improvements and I am confident that together we have lead the groundwork for the district's continued growth."