Hall chosen as superintendent

Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Former Lorain City Schools assistant superintendent David Hall will be Oberlin’s new leader.

David Hall has been chosen to lead the Oberlin City Schools.

Oberlin board of education members on Wednesday approved a three year contract for Hall at $115,000 annually from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2018.

The former Lorain City Schools assistant superintendent of two years has served as a principal or assistant principal for seven schools in Lorain since 1991.

Oberlin’s close-knit community and programs within the school district drove Hall to apply for the position.

“I’m glad to be a part of it,” Hall said. “I’m very fortunate to come in after one the best superintendents in the area.”

He will replace former superintendent John Schroth, who passed away in April due to cancer.

“I hope to continue a lot of his programs that are going on and to connect the community with the schools and move the district forward,” Hall said. “Oberlin has a lot of things Lorain does not offer with the college close by, the arts, and the community.”

“I think this is a great opportunity for our community,” said board vice president Anne Schaum.

Board member Barry Richard said the district did its homework on Hall by talking to residents in Lorain and having the district’s three finalists interviewed by teachers, staff, parents, and community members.

Hall was selected from a pool of 22 applicants and three finalists to win the job.

“This is the biggest decision we have as a board,” Richard said. “We’re looking for someone to lead us forward.”

Hall’s achievements and experiences include:

• Working with Lorain County Community College to develop the Titan College, Titan Junior College Initiative, and College Credit Plus Program to award more than 400 high school freshman with three to six college credits.

• Creating a partnership with the Lorain County Juvenile Court to increase student attendance by two percent.

• Facilitating a Career Technical Education Internship Program that produced internships for 50 students.

• Developing summer programming and educational field trip experiences for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

• Working with community groups in Lorain to provide service opportunities for students.

One of the biggest tasks Hall will have to handle coming into Oberlin is leading the charge for a 4.75-mill levy that will appear on the November ballot. If supported by voters, it will fund a new $16.7 million preschool-through-fifth grade campus.

Hall has worked on several levy committees in Lorain.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.