PERRY TWP. – After a year as Principal of Perry High, Richard Leone will take on a new role as Deputy Superintendent of Perry Local.
Leone replaces Nate Stutz, who was named the district’s first administrator earlier this month following the announcement of Scott Beatty’s retirement.
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At a special meeting on Thursday, the Board of Education unanimously approved Leone’s appointment on a three-year contract starting August 1. Board Chairman Doug Brown was not present.
The board also approved the terms of Brown’s negotiation contract with Leone.
Stutz said board officials struggled with the idea of moving Leone from high school to assistant superintendent because of the significant impact he had on the high school in one year.
“Hopefully he would have a similar impact throughout the district in his new role,” Stutz said. “I’m grateful for the impact you had in high school and I’m excited to see the impact you’re having on the district growing.”
Leone said he was honored to continue serving the district.
“About a year ago you hired me and we had a great year,” he said. “I love Perry. We have a great student body, community, parents and staff. I look forward to continuing to work with them and being present and visible. I hope I can make an impact on K- 8 too.”
Board Vice Chairman Nate VanWey applauded Leone and his efforts, noting how impressed he was during the graduation that more than half of the students stopped to hug Leone.
He also shared little bits of information with VanWey about each student as they passed.
“It’s very impressive. He knew all these kids and what they were doing,” said VanWey, a former Perry teacher.
Prior to coming to Perry, Leone served as Director of Secondary Education at Wooster City School District. He joined Wooster in 2009 as the principal of Edgewood Middle School.
He was also a vice principal and athletic director at Chippewa High School.
Once again, the district is looking for a new principal for Perry High School. The school has seen two new leaders – including Leone – since principal Jason Conrad left in 2018 after taking a new job. Leone succeeded David Riley, who joined the district in 2018 and left after two years.
Stutz said the position will be posted internally and externally.
“We know it’s in the best interest to move it forward quickly,” he said.
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