SARAHSVILLE — Todd Herman, a longtime educator who has spent the past seven years as superintendent of the Conotton Valley Union Local School District in Bowerston, was named the 13th superintendent of the Noble Local School District at the school board meeting. from Tuesday’s NLSD.
Herman, a 1988 graduate of Indian Valley North High School, received his Bachelor of Education and Teaching from Kent State University in 1997 and his Master of Education in Educational Administration from Salem International University in 2010.
He began his education career as a history teacher in the local Indian Valley School District (1997) and later at River View High School (2003-2012). He has coached several sports at various levels in Indian Valley and was the head boys basketball coach at River View for three years while there.
Herman served as Principal of Conotton Valley High School for three years (2012-2015) before being appointed Superintendent of the Conotton Valley Union Local School District in 2015.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Herman said. “Noble Local has a lot of things in place that are a shared passion – career technology, early education and character building – these are things I have tried to make a priority at Conotton Valley.
Herman also shares the NLSD’s current view of how education has changed in recent years.
“The world of education has changed over the past decade”, he said, “and our job is to give every student what they need to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams. Whether going to college or career technology, or straight into the job market, each of them must think critically, solve problems and interact with their colleagues.
Herman thinks his first year at Noble Local will be spent getting to know everyone in the district as well as keeping up to date with the projects already in place.
“I’m not here to try to change things” he said, “We all want the transition to be smooth.”
“My first priority is to get to know the employees, students and members of the community”, Herman continued. “I value building relationships and getting to know the terrain to see where we are and the goals that have already been established.
“I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, the entire administrative team and the Business Advisory Council,” he added.
Herman also thanked the community of Conotton Valley for their support during his 10 years there.
“I am very grateful for all the support from the staff and community of Conotton Valley,” he stated. “It’s been an amazing 10 years and I think we’ve changed the culture there, and being part of the (multi-million dollar) Rocket Center project has been amazing.”
Herman resides in Dover with his wife, Julie, and their children – Jacob (22) and Brandon (21) and Autumn (19).
Speaking on behalf of the Noble Local Board of Education, chairman Ed McKee said the choice was tough, but the board looked forward to working with Herman.
“We had two very good candidates – one internal and one with more experience,” said McKee, “and experience won out in the end. We deliberated for a long time because we were faced with a very difficult decision.
Herman succeeds Dan Leffingwell, who announced he will step down as NLSD superintendent on July 31 to assume the position of executive director of special products and student services at the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center which serves school districts. of Tuscarawas, Belmont, Harrison, Carroll and the counties of Guernsey.
“As I said before, my departure is certainly bittersweet,” said Leffingwell. “I enjoyed my time at Noble Local and look forward to seeing the district continue to progress.