Tiffin, Ohio – The Tiffin City School Board said on Friday it had accepted Van McWreath’s resignation as the new district superintendent following his arrest last week.

McWreath was arrested and charged with three counts of unlawful duress, a third degree misdemeanor, following charges that he locked his wife and two stepdaughters in the basement of their home.

“We have accepted the resignation of Mr. McWreath with immediate effect. While Mr McWreath had a clear background check and strong recommendations, having learned of the recent and undisclosed allegations against him, we shared with him our intention to explore these to the fullest extent possible. Mr. McWreath has decided to step down for personal reasons, ”the council said in a statement posted on the Tiffin City Schools Facebook page.

“We understand that there will be questions or concerns regarding the $ 52,500 settlement agreement, but in an effort to do what is best to overcome this unfortunate situation and avoid extensive and costly litigation, we have accepted the settlement and are delighted to move the district forward. “

At a special meeting at the Tiffin Middle School cafetorium, the board also announced that it had agreed to hire Dr. Michael Zalar as the next district superintendent. Zalar’s contract is scheduled to begin August 1, 2021 and run until July 31, 2024.

The board of directors also voted to accept a consulting contract with Zalar for a maximum period of 15 days from July.

Zalar, who was born in Tiffin, told the meeting that he was delighted to serve Tiffin Town Schools as a superintendent.

“I would like to thank the Board of Education for giving me this opportunity. It is a great honor and privilege, ”said Zalar.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Zalar holds a doctorate. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Bowling Green State University. He also received a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Planning from the University of Toledo.

“Dr. Zalar is a seasoned superintendent with 12 years of successful district experience. He also has strong family and community ties with the Tiffin community,” the Tiffin Town School Board said in a statement. “Dr. Zalar not only brings experience, he is also a man of character and integrity.

Zalar most recently served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Town of North Olmsted, a position he held from August 2013 until he announced his retirement earlier this year. Zalar was one of three candidates vying for the post of Superintendent of Schools for the Town of Norwalk, until he abandoned from the race Monday to turn his attention to Tiffin.

“I am thrilled beyond words to be able to transition into this community and to work alongside all professionals and teachers, faculty, staff, parents, students. I believe the opportunity and the possibilities of Tiffin, the potential is really limitless, ”Zalar said.

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