Buckeye Central hires leader

NEW WASHINGTON – After a two-month search, Buckeye Central Board of Education has finalized its search and has offered the superintendent position to Mark Robinson.

Robinson was hired Thursday during the board’s regular meeting. He was hired under a three-year contract with an annual salary of $87,500.

Robinson said his initial thoughts on being given the position is elation.

“I am glad to become a part of the Buckeye Central educational community, and in the New Washington community in general,” Robinson said.

Robinson was selected from a field of 16 applicants. The board had been assisted by Dwight McElfresh and Gene Linton of Ashland University’s Telego Center for Educational Improvement.

Robinson has been a student growth measures and alignment specialist with the Ohio Department of Education for the past two years.

“Working with ODE was a career enhancement for me,” Robinson said. “But I missed working with the community as a superintendent.”

Robinson has had positions in the Niles City School District and Ashland City School District. He also has had administration positions in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools and Firelands Local Schools.

He said he is to bring with him his superintendent experience and background to the area.

“Buckeye Central Schools and the board of education are very student-focused, and I am looking forward to helping to enhance that area,” Robinson said.

Robinson said he and his wife, Joni, are to move to the area from Willard.

“With the first year that I am here, I am hoping to get to know and listen to the community,” Robinson said. “Then, I want to get together with the team and make sure we have a strategic plan and vision in place to help move the district forward.”