CHAGRIN FALLS -- At Monday night's school board meeting, the Chagrin Falls Board of Education officially hired former Chagrin Falls assistant superintendent Bob Hunt as its new superintendent.
He was given a five-year contract with the starting salary of $135,000 for the 2012-2013 school year.
Hunt left the Chagrin School district last year and took a job as the Streetsboro superintendent with a five-year contract that paid $122,000 for the 2011-2012 school year.
According to a press release Monday from Streetsboro schools, Hunt reached a verbal agreement with the Chagrin Falls Schools to return there, where he worked for nine years before coming to Streetsboro
Hunt stated the decision was extremely difficult but was based on the location and ability to better balance work and family responsibilities.
Hunt, 40, was named the Ohio Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in 2007. He served as Chagrin Falls High School principal from 2003 through 2007 and previously was high school assistant principal.
Hunt was employed by the Kenston School District as a teacher and middle school assistant principal and in Newbury schools as a teacher.
In a press release from Chagrin Falls schools at 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Chagrin Falls school board said it voted unanimously to hire Bob Hunt as the school district's next superintendent.
Hunt will take over for Dr. William G. Koons, who has served the district as Interim Superintendent during the current academic year.
School board president Mary Kay O'Toole said the board is "tremendously pleased" with its choice of Mr. Hunt as the new superintendent.
"We are excited that Bob Hunt will be back in Chagrin Falls once again. His experience here as well as the additional experience he's gained as a school superintendent convinced the board that he was the best fit among all those who applied for the position."
"We are excited with our selection for our students and the greater community. We had some excellent candidates to consider. Finding someone who knows our district and whose intent it is to serve as the Superintendent of Chagrin Falls Schools for a considerable length of time was important to us. We believe this choice will provide the district with excellent, long-term leadership."
In their press release, there was a statement from Streetsboro school board president Kevin Grimm.
"We attempted to work with Mr. Hunt through a short period of uncertainty when he was contemplating the offer from Chagrin Falls," Grimm said.
"His decision is extremely disappointing; however, it's not the end of the world."
Grimm said an official resignation will not be accepted until the Board of Education approves the terms of Hunt's departure.