Michael Laub Named Avon Superintendent

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 5-1-12, By Rebecca Turman

AVON -- The Avon Board of Education is scheduled tomorrow [5-2-12] night to officially hire Avon resident Mike Laub as the next superintendent of the Avon Local School District.

Laub will be moving into the superintendent role from a human resources director position he has held at Westlake City Schools since 2008. During his career in education, Laub has also served as a teacher and a principal.

"Teaching is something I have enjoyed since my first education class at BW," Laub wrote in a recent e-mail. "I felt fortunate to have the opportunity to teach and coach in Strongsville ...

According to Laub, working for the Westlake City Schools allowed him to grow as a leader and as an educator.

"Those combined experiences made it clear that a superintendent position was what I ultimately wanted," he wrote. "To be given that opportunity by the Avon Board of Education is truly an honor. I couldn't be more appreciative to them for this opportunity."

Having two children in the school district, when asked to share what he believes are some of the biggest issues in the schools, Laub said, "My children have had a wonderful experience in the schools. From that perspective I have only seen things to be proud of, not issues."

While Laub is happy with his children's educational experiences thus far, he did say the district needs to plan for the continued growth of the city and how it will impact the schools ...

During a special meeting last week, Lesko Architects presented to the Board of Education several different options to deal with the overcrowding issues at Avon Middle School ...

While Laub has stressed the importance of preparing for growth, he was also asked what his vision is for the Avon Local School District.

"The vision for Avon schools needs to be a collective process in which all stakeholders have the opportunity to contribute," Laub wrote. "It can't be my vision; it has to be our vision -- It will take a focused team effort to ensure the continued success and development of our district. I'm excited to be here to lead that charge."



NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 4-24-12, By Lisa Roberson

AVON -- The current director of human resources for Westlake Schools has been tapped to take over as Avon Schools superintendent to replace Jim Reitenbach, who announced his retirement earlier this school year ...

Board President Kevin Romanchok said the board has a verbal agreement covering key aspects of Laub's contract. When the details are finalized, it will be released to the public.

Laub's first day will be Aug. 1 [2012]. Romanchok said Laub will work with Reitenbach for approximately four weeks to help with a smooth transition.

The board said Laub was the best candidate for the job. "(His) experience in the similar-sized, high-performing districts of Westlake and Strongsville as an administrator in the board office, as a principal and as an educator, his collaborative leadership style and his deep passion for the Avon community in which he lives were received with overwhelming positive feedback," the statement said ...

Finding Leaders, a consultant firm based in Valley View, was hired by the board to aid in the superintendent search. The board used the firm to help find a candidate who had prior experience as a superintendent or experience in a school district's central office ...

Reitenbach was hired in 1999 to head the district, which experienced explosive growth during his 12-year tenure. Enrollment stood at 1,556 in 2000 and was 4,078 for the 2011-12 school year ...

During his tenure in Avon, the system received 11 straight "excellent" ratings from the state. The district spent a state-low of $7,181 per student during the 2010-11 school year.

Laub received a bachelor's of education from Baldwin-Wallace College, according to his online LinkedIn profile ...

Contact Lisa Roberson at lroberson@chroniclet.com.



NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 4-24-12, By BILL DELANEY, wdelaney@MorningJournal.com

AVON -- Avon schools have a new superintendent, and the man with the job couldn't be happier.

"I'm very excited," said Michael Laub, 39, now the director of human resources for Westlake City Schools ... Laub has two children attending school in Avon, a son in fourth grade and a daughter in first grade ...

Laub said he had his final interview on Friday [4-20-12], and was offered the job later that night. He said the details of transition have not yet been worked out.

"I said to the (Avon) board, this isn't A job, this is THE job," Laub said, adding that he jumped at the opportunity when he saw it. "I immediately went to my superintendent (Daniel J. Keenan Jr.) and said, `Dan, I'm going to apply for that job.' I knew I was going to throw my hat in the ring. It was a no-brainer for me." ...

Laub has been a school principal in Westlake and with Strongsville City Schools, been a teacher at the middle school level in Strongsville, coached varsity girls softball and boys baseball, and was a middle school boys football and girls basketball coach.

Laub received his undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, where he played football and baseball, and earned his master's degree at Cleveland State University. He is an adjunct professor at Bowling Green State University.



NEWS ARTICLE from The Westlake, OH Patch, 4-23-12, By Kate Spirgen

Michael Laub is Avon Local Schools' new superintendent ... Laub's hiring will be officially approved May 2 [2012] at a special meeting of the Board of Education before a 6 p.m. public reception for him in the media center at Heritage North Elementary School ...

Finding Leaders, the business hired by the school board to help with the hiring of a new superintendent, conducted focus groups with residents, staff, administrators and board members. Some of the requests that came out of those groups were that the new superintendent live in Avon and that he or she has district-level administrative experience.

Laub is a resident of Avon, and has worked in Westlake and Strongsville in the past as a teacher, principal and adminsitrator. Most recently, he has been director of human resources for the Westlake City Schools.

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