Steve Easterling to head Dawson-Bryant system
COAL GROVE, Ohio -- Steve Easterling, principal at Dawson-Bryant High School for the past 15 years, was named superintendent of the school district following a 5-0 vote by the school board.
"I want to make Dawson-Bryant the best possible school district it can be," Easterling said Friday morning. "We have a lot of good employees in the school district. We also have a community supportive of the school district. I'm looking forward to it."
The school board will meet in special session at 5 p.m. Monday to discuss salary issues and the length of the superintendent's contract, said Bradley Miller, the school system's treasurer. The district also will have to take up the issue of naming a new principal.
"He's extremely well-liked," Jim Payne, superintendent of the Lawrence County Educational Service Center, said of Easterling. "His heart and soul is with Dawson-Bryant schools. I think he'll do an outstanding job for the district."
Payne currently is serving as interim superintendent at the district in addition to his job at the educational service center. "I think it will be a short stay," he said. "I think it will be a smooth transition."
A 1970 Dawson-Bryant graduate, Easterling started working in the school district in 1976. He has been principal and co-principal at Dawson-Bryant High School since the 1999-2000 school year.
Easterling said he has no plans to make immediate changes in the school system.
"We need to hire a principal," Easterling said. "We'll want to get it done pretty quickly."
While he'll start his superintendent duties later this month, Easterling also will be working to get the high school ready for the upcoming school year.
The district posted the principal's job online Friday, Payne said. It will be up to Easterling to make a recommendation on the principal's job to the school board.
Students start classes Wednesday, Aug. 13. Teachers will have an in-service day Tuesday, Aug. 12. The first day for kindergarten students is Monday, Aug. 18.
Easterling replaces George E. York who resigned effective at the end of July. He was given a three-year contract as superintendent last year, but decided to retire to spend more time with his family, Miller said.
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