June 28, 2016


Buckeye chief in running for Ravenna top spot

YORK TWP. — Ravenna Schools announced this week Buckeye Superintendent Dennis Honkala is one of three finalists in its search for a new leader.

According to Ravenna’s website, the district is interviewing candidates next week. Honkala did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Friday.

Buckeye Schools board President Tracy Mattern said Honkala has kept members apprised of his job search. He said Honkala told them he’s also in the running for a superintendent position in Wickliffe.

“Buckeye is his first superintendency. As a small district, we usually get young on-their-way-up superintendent professionals. Historically, we know we will eventually lose them because if they’re competent … other districts will find them desirable,” Mattern said.

Honkala has been superintendent at Buckeye since 2007. Prior to that, he was principal at the district’s high school for one year.

Mattern said the board is going to see if Honkala gets either of the jobs before members make a decision on replacing him.
“It’s never been our philosophy to try to hold somebody back from pursuing their career. … It may be bittersweet that because we’re losing a good educational professional, but it’s exciting for him,” Mattern said.

He stressed Honkala still has a welcome position with Buckeye Schools.

Ravenna Superintendent Tim Calfee plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.