The Swanton Board of Education approved Jay LeFevre as the interim superintendent at a special board meeting on Monday.
LeFevre is familiar with the area, having been an educator in the neighboring Pike-Delta-York School district for over 35 years. He was a teacher for 29 years, principal for five years, and superintendent for three years in Delta, according to school board president Kris Oberheim. He retired as superintendent following the 2014-15 school year.
He most recently served as interim superintendent at Woodmore Local Schools.
LeFevre’s official start date is Aug. 1, but his contract includes five days prior to that to get up to speed on the building project, elementary principal search, and other details leading up to the start of the school year, according to Oberheim.
His contact ends when the board hires a permanent superintendent.
LeFevre will take over for Jeff Schlade, who is leaving his post as superintendent of Swanton Local Schools to become director of human resources at Lakewood Schools in northeast Ohio.
Also at the meeting on Monday, an agreement with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NwOESC) for superintendent search services was approved by the board of education. The cost is $500 plus actual costs incurred for advertising, mass mailings, and/or criminal background checks. The total is estimated to be about $800.
The search services include appropriate meetings with the Swanton Board of Education to determine the selection process, advertising, application process, screening process, board interviews, and finalization of the process. The NwOESC website also has a link on its home page to information about the Swanton superintendent search.