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Canfield Local Schools superintendent, two school board members resign

The district will continue to pay Geordan's annual salary — reportedly $116,792 for fiscal year 2019 — as well as a lump-sum for accrued benefits and vacation time through the remainder of his contract, which expires July 31, 2021. If Geordan is not employed from Aug. 1, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022, the board will pay his base salary for that period in a lump-sum.
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CANFIELD — The Canfield Local Schools board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Alex Geordan during a Wednesday meeting.

Geordan's resignation comes after the board faced fury from parents over Geordan's perceived mishandling of a potential gun threat Sept. 12 at the middle school.

A Canfield Police Department report accused Geordan of deliberately downplaying the threat and misinforming parents and other administrators of failing to involve police in the investigation.

In a statement released Wednesday night, the district wrote:

"The Board of Education is proud of the progress of Canfield Local Schools under Mr. Geordan's leadership and recognizes the many accomplishments the district has achieved during his time as superintendent. But at this time the board needs to answer the call of its community and transition a new leader into the superintendency."

In the release, Board President Dave Wilkeson is quoted as saying: "We need to focus on rebuilding relationships within our community and moving our district forward."

Two school board members also resigned during Wednesday's meeting: Craig Olson, who suggested to police the school district prefers to handle such matters internally, and Philip Bova, who spoke in defense of the district and criticized Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci during a Nov. 20 board meeting.

In a letter to board President Dave Wilkeson, Olson said his resignation was for "personal reasons."

"It is with great sadness that I am resigning from the Canfield Local Schools Board of Education," Olson wrote in a Wednesday release.

"My vision and the vision of the current board majority no longer match and it is my belief that this board has chosen to go down a patch with which I choose not to be associated. I wish our students, staff and administrators nothing but the best as the district moves forward."

The board named John Tullio, the district's curriculum and instruction director, as interim superintendent for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, according to a release.

Geordan will assume another administrative position at the start of next year, working "off-site" and continuing to receive his normal pay and benefits, until his resignation takes effect July 31, according to his separation agreement with the board.

The district will continue to pay Geordan's annual salary — reported by the Mahoning County Auditor's Office at $116,792 for fiscal year 2019 — as well as a lump-sum for accrued benefits and vacation time through the remainder of his contract, which expires July 31, 2021, the agreement states.

If Geordan is not employed from Aug. 1, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022, the board will pay his base salary for that period in a lump-sum.

The agreement also includes a clause prohibiting Geordan or the board from making disparaging remarks about each other, as well as a clause stating they "release any and all claims they may now have or could have asserted against the other" relating to Geordan's employment.

Wilkeson could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. Mahoning Matters was also unable to contact Bova.



Justin Dennis

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Justin Dennis has been on the beat since 2011, covering crime, courts and public education. Dennis grew up in Poland and Salem and studied journalism and communications at Cleveland State University and University of Pittsburgh.
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