Steve Mazzi will serve as Acting Superintendent of Marion City Schools

The Marion City Schools Board of Education approved Steve Mazzi to serve as the district’s acting superintendent effective Aug. 1 at its Monday meeting.

This follows the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Ron Iarussi, which is due to take effect July 31 after four years leading the district.

Mazzi is serving as the acting superintendent of the Central Ohio Educational Services Center, board chairman Kelly Mackay said, and his service as acting is currently set to end in December.

Formerly Superintendent of Big Walnut and most recently Director of Human Resources at Westerville, among other educational leadership roles, Mazzi is also a former Air National Guard Sargent Chief Petty Officer with more than 20 years in military service.

“The things I deal with on a day-to-day basis are not unique to what I’ve experienced before in my previous roles,” he said during Monday’s meeting.

Mazzi introduced himself to the Marion community on Monday at the start of Monday’s board meeting, explaining that he is ready to fill the void and take the lead.

“It’s just an opportunity to be here and do what I can for the students, staff and community of Marion City Schools and try to get things started this year and do the best job possible for our children, so I appreciate it,” Mazzi said.

He joined the district on May 9 as acting assistant superintendent after former assistant superintendent Jennifer Lawson resigned in early May. He then stepped up to fill the leadership vacuum upon Yarusi’s resignation.

During Monday’s meeting, Mazzi also said he plans to continue efforts to focus on student discipline and behaviors, noting that teachers can’t teach and students can’t learn when it’s time. there are behavioral disturbances in the classrooms.

Acting Superintendent of Schools for the City of Marion, Steve Mazzi (far right) was present at the Monday school board meeting where he introduced himself to the Marion community.

The district has hired former Columbus City Schools Superintendent Olympia Della Flora as the next assistant superintendent. According to Mackay, she has experience addressing behavioral issues and setting up de-escalation rooms, an initiative the district prioritized implementing in all elementary buildings after teachers went public. account of their students’ abuses at monthly district board meetings.

The search for the superintendent begins

This week and next, the board is hosting presentations from three superintendent search firms to select one to help hire the next official superintendent.

The first presentation with a company, Finding Leaders, took place publicly after Monday’s meeting. On Thursday, the Ohio School Boards Association will present to the board at 7 p.m. Next week, K-12 Consulting will give its presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The community is invited to each of the remaining presentations, both of which will be held in the Harding High School Community Hall.

Story by: Sophia Veneziano (740) 564 – 5243 | [email protected]

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