A focus on curriculum will be a big part of John Monteleone’s job when he begins in August as assistant superintendent of the Oberlin Schools.
He is principal at Washington Elementary School in Lorain but in Oberlin will be tasked with overseeing instruction and special programs.
Ann Glass has been commuting from Florida as a part-time curriculum director since George Viebranz retired last July.
District superintendent David Hall told board of education members April 26 that Glass did a “phenomenal job” after taking over on short notice, but overseeing curriculum is a full-time responsibility.
In addition to curriculum, Hall said Monteleone will interact with staff and parents and oversee the talented and gifted student program as well as staff training.
Other duties include data analysis and oversight of federal taxpayer programs for poor students and oversight of after-school programs. He will also work with Lorain County Community College and Oberlin College.
The 39-year-old Monteleone is a lifelong Lorain resident hired as a fourth grade teacher by Lorain Schools in 1999. He was named principal of Larkmoor Elementary School in 2009 and took over Washington in 2012. “I’m very excited, very honored to be here,” he said before the board voted to hire him.
Monteleone said Washington is a “hub” for the English Language Learner program and has an inclusive special education program that is being expanded.
He told board members he’s OK with the additional responsibilities that go in moving from an approximately 6,200-student school district to Oberlin’s 1,000-student district. With Lorain cash-strapped, Monteleone said he mopped floors, wiped tables, and taught classes in addition to his administrative duties.
While board members praised the hiring, resident Kenneth Yancey argued it “smacks of cronyism.”
Hall, a former Lorain assistant superintendent hired last year, has known Monteleone since 1999. “Why would you give somebody from Lorain, which is one of the worst school districts in the state, a three-year contract?” Yancey asked Hall.
Hall denied there was cronyism and said three-year contracts are standard.
He said a search team of administrators, parents, and teachers and teacher union representatives chose Monteleone.
Hall noted Monteleone, one of six candidates for the position, will take a pay cut from $94,768 annually in Lorain to $90,000 in Oberlin.
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Evan Goodenow | Oberlin News-Tribune John Monteleone addresses board of education members April 26 after being hired as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, and special programs at the Oberlin Schools.