The superintendent of Triad Local Schools surprised board members by resigning this weekend, but a search is already underway to find a replacement.
Matt Sheridan, who has only been with the district for about a year, submitted his resignation to board members this weekend and said he will take a similar job at the Crooksville Exempted Village School District in Perry County in southeast Ohio.
It was a tough decision, Sheridan said, but he was told he was hired on Thursday last week and decided to accept the position to be closer to his family.
“I have mixed emotions,” Sheridan said. “Obviously I was only here one year. I’ve made some close friends here, but this is an opportunity to be closer to my family and I couldn’t pass that up.”
Sheridan initially agreed to a three-year contract that paid him $90,000 a year, according to information from the district. He replaced Craig Meredith, who retired last year.
Board members were surprised with the retirement, said Chris Millice, president of the board of education at Triad. However, he said board members were happy with Sheridan’s work over the past year and said he is leaving on good terms.
A timeline has already been set on the search for a new superintendent.
Once the job is posted, the deadline for candidates to apply will be May 23, Millice said. Interviews are expected to be conducted from June 2 to June 14 and a decision could be made as early as June 19. The candidate will ideally be able to start by July to get ready for the next school year.
In the meantime, Sheridan will continue to serve in the district until July 31.
Improving standardized test scores was one of Sheridan’s goals when taking the job. It’s too early to say whether that’s been a success, but he said there are indications the scores will improve when testing is conducted at the end of the year.
“I’d say that we at least made progress and we’re moving in the right direction,” Sheridan said.