Note: This story appears in the Sunday, July 8 newspaper on Page A1.
GLOUSTER — Trimble Local School District has announced its new superintendent. John Hurd will begin at Trimble in August as he transitions from his current role as interim superintendent of Groveport Madison Schools.
Hurd will take the place of Scott Christman, who announced his resignation in May and will serve as superintendent at Southern Local Schools in Perry County. Christman was previously the principal at Miller High School in the Southern district.
Hurd has not yet signed a contract to become Trimble superintendent but was offered the position Thursday and did accept, according to Dave Owen, president of the Trimble school board. Hurd’s expected salary will be lower than Christman’s current amount of $90,500 per year, with Christman having served as head of Trimble schools since August 2014.
“Christman did a lot of good things for our school district,” Owen said. “We lost a good guy and got a good guy coming in.”
Hurd enters a district that has received mixed results from the state report cards issued by the Ohio Department of Education. The most recent report card was issued last September. The district scored a D in the “Achievement” criteria and F in “Gap Closing,” though Trimble scored much better in “Graduation Rate” (B) and “Progress” (C) criteria.
Christman and other school administrators criticized how the results were scored. He told The Messenger that improving on report card data “seemed to be like trying to hit a moving target.”
Christman has also helped organize efforts to build a new football stadium. The Trimble Athletic Complex Improvement Fund has raised more than $500,000 toward the new stadium.
Owen also said that district administration are planning a “Meet the Superintendent” even when Hurd begins in August. Owen said he was pleased with the choice the board made.
“I’m happy we got this done,” Owen said.