June 27, 2016

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Career center educator advances to superintendent

MEDINA — The principal of the Medina County Career Center will step up to become superintendent.

The school board named Principal Steven Chrisman as the new superintendent at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Mr. Chrisman exhibited the drive, passion, entrepreneurial spirit, and visionary outlook that the members of the Board of Education were looking for in the center’s new leader,” school board President Mike Houska said in a letter to the staff announcing the appointment. “We are excited to begin the 2014-2015 school year under the leadership of Mr. Chrisman.”

Steven Chrisman

Steven Chrisman

Chrisman will succeed Michael Larson, 62, who announced in January he would retire in July.

Larson started his tenure at the Career Center 40 years ago as a social studies teacher.

The board conducted a statewide search for Larson’s successor.

Sixteen applicants matched the qualifications set by the board. Those standards were outlined after the board twice met with Career Center staff to discuss the qualifications they wanted in a superintendent.

Following the initial screening of the applicants, the board interviewed four candidates, and unanimously decided on Chrisman.

Chrisman began at the Career Center in 2010. He previously was principal at Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights.

Chrisman also has coached for the Medina Colts JV Youth Football Team and the Medina Youth Wrestling Club.

He and his wife, Patti, have been married for more than 20 years and have four children.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.