New school district operations manager hired

By Laurie Hamame -



New part-time operations manager Dan DeNicola has been brought on as the Oberlin board of education looks to replace the district’s aging buildings.

He has helped build 13 new schools within his 30-year career, including a 600-student middle school and 350-student elementary school in Lorain.

With a background in construction, DeNicola used his skills within the Lorain city school district in 1982 as a carpenter and worked his way up to chief operations officer in 2008.

After retiring from Lorain five years ago, he saw an opening in Oberlin and thought to give it a try.

If the school board’s push for a new building comes to fruition, DeNicola will be the messenger between the board, contractors, and the state. He will oversee the entire project, making sure construction is timely and on budget.

His other duties include helping manage district-wide operations such as transportation, food service, custodians, and maintenance.

“I hope I can help improve things, like becoming more streamlined in how we do things, see if our purchasing process is the best it can be, and make sure we’re getting the best bang for our buck,” DeNicola said.

Laurie Hamame can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.


By Laurie Hamame