October 25, 2014

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Wadsworth Schools’ Superintendent Dale Fortner resigning

WADSWORTH — Wadsworth Schools Superintendent Dale Fortner is resigning, effective June 30.

Fortner, 53, who has been superintendent since 2001 and an educator since 1982, said he’ll collect his pension but won’t leave the workforce.

Dale Fortner

“I’m not going to go sit on the beach,” he said. “I still plan to work for another 15 to 20 years, so currently I am exploring opportunities in both public- and private-sector leadership.”

The Wadsworth resident said he has no definite plans yet for his next job, but he would consider being a superintendent at another district.

“I’m pretty open to where I go and what I do next,” he said. “I’ve got some more time, so I just want to see where I can go next.”

Fortner earns about $126,000 as Wadsworth’s superintendent. As a member of the State Teachers Retirement System with 30 years’ service, he would be eligible to receive about $86,000 a year in retirement benefits. To offset inflation, the benefits would increase by 3 percent the following year and by that same dollar amount each subsequent year.

Fortner resigned at a special school board meeting Tuesday, where the board also hired consulting firm Finding Leaders to search for Fortner’s replacement.
Fortner said he was proud of many successes in the district.

Wadsworth was the only district in Medina County to receive the state’s highest award, excellent with distinction, two years in a row.

“Of all the accomplishments and success stories I have been able to be part of over the years here in Wadsworth, I am most happy about the people we have hired,” he said.

He received a doctorate in administrative leadership for teaching and learning from Walden University in 2011. Fortner received a master’s degree in secondary administration from the University of Akron in 1990 and a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of Wooster in 1982.

He has been a teacher and administrator at middle schools, high schools and a university.

Fortner is married and has five daughters.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.