District chooses Rock Creek Elementary principal as new leader

Christopher Edison

ANDOVER TOWNSHIP — A new superintendent was hired Monday by the Pymatuning Valley Local Schools Board of Education.

Christopher Edison was unanimously approved by the board to serve under a three-year contract in which he will earn $100,000 annually. Edison had served as the principal of Rock Creek Elementary in the Jefferson Area district for five years before accepting the position.

“I want to thank the staff and parents for all of their support over the last five years,” Edison said.

Edison said he applied for the superintendent position because he felt like it was a good fit to go from being a building principal to being the superintendent of a small district like Pymatuning Valley Local Schools.

“There are a lot of great things happening here that I think I can help move forward,” Edison said. “I’m looking forward to working with the families here.”

Edison will replace Mike Candela, who is leaving the district to serve as the superintendent of the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center. Candela will replace John Rubesich, who will retire, and who aided the Pymatuning Valley Local Schools Board of Education in its search for a superintendent to replace Candela.

More than 20 people applied for the position, Rubesich said. The board narrowed that list down to six candidates and had a series of interviews with them over the past couple of months.

“This board was really focused and they knew what they wanted,” Rubesich said. “Throughout this process they talked about doing what is right for the students and doing what’s right for the community. It was an extensive search and I think we’ve found a great person to lead us into the next chapter at PV.”

The board, along with the ESC, engaged in a thorough search and interview process that was not easy, Candela said.

“Not only was it a stressful kind of situation, there were many, many candidates that we had to review,” he said. “We did a lot of interviewing, we spent a lot of late nights together and we did a lot of soul searching. I’m glad to see that you were able to come to a full consensus on the replacement. Thank you for all your hard work.”

Board of Education President Curt Harvey said from the first to last interview, the board was able to have a solid rapport with all candidates and all parties involved in making the decision.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the people in this room, the principals and administration, to continue the work that Mr. Candela has done here at PV and continue the strong traditions here.”

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