Dennis Mock has accepted the interim superintendent position with the Margaretta public school system, ending his time as Wellington Schools’ superintendent after just over one year.
The departure may be unexpected but it was not the result of any extended job search on his part, Mock said.
“Two years ago the position opened up at Margaretta and I had applied for it,” he said. “At that time their board was not looking for a retiree hire. Therefore, they didn’t interview me. They hired a person who was then there for two years but took a position in southern Ohio about 10 days ago.”
Location and familiarity with some staff also led to his decision, he said. “I called the treasurer at Margaretta, who I knew, and asked what their plans were. He indicated they were going to look for an interim. I told him I’d be interested in discussing it because from where I live in Huron to Castalia is only about 15 minutes.”
Mock and retired Westlake superintendent Geoff Palmer were the final two candidates in the search.
Dan Schroer, Margaretta’s superintendent since 2014, will move Aug. 1 to the Springboro Schools. Mock is expected to start the new job Aug. 8.
“I interviewed at five o’clock and they called me back at eight o’clock and offered me the position, which I accepted. We’ll see if they like me and if it can be extended beyond an interim basis,” said Mock.
The Wellington Schools will now look for its sixth superintendent since 2005. Victor Cardenzana filled the position from 2005 to 2008, followed by Francis Scruci from 2008 to 2012, John Nolan from 2012 to 2015, and Stan Mounts on an interim basis in early 2015 before Mock was hired in May.
“I’ve enjoyed my year here. There’s no doubt about that,” said Mock. “If I was a person actively searching for a position if would have started last April or May. This is something that just came up a week and a half ago. The timing is certainly not perfect but we’ve made a lot of progress and I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”
A special work session for the Wellington school board is scheduled for this coming Monday to discuss the interim superintendent search.
“I think it’s a big loss,” said Wellington mayor Hans Schneider. “He was the right guy to come in here and exactly what the district needed. He communicated well with people emotionally and you can take him at his word. That’s what you need in a school district that’s had constant turnover and constant turmoil the past dozen years.”
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Dennis Mock has accepted the interim superintendent position in the Margaretta School District after just over a year in office in Wellington.