Friday, June 7th, 2019

Fort school board members hire new superintendent

By Leslie Gartrell
FORT RECOVERY - The school district's new superintendent will be moving to the area from Wauseon.
Board of education members at Thursday's special meeting hired Larry Brown, who will become Fort Recovery Local Schools' superintendent starting on Aug. 1. Brown has been Wauseon Exempted Village Schools superintendent for six and a half years. He will replace Justin Firks, who has served as superintendent for the past four years.
"We're excited to have him with us," board of education president Greg LeFevre said.
Brown signed a two-year contract running through July 31, 2021. Board members also approved a personal service contract with Brown at a rate of $300 per day for no more than 15 days, effective June 10 through July 31 on an as-needed basis.
The Sandusky native began his teaching career as a string music specialist at Bellefontaine City Schools. Brown began his administrative career as principal of Bellefontaine's Pine Avenue Elementary School after teaching for seven years. He has a total of 13 years of building-level administrative experience and 13 years of superintendent experience.
Brown also served in the Ohio Army National Guard for more than 20 years as an enlisted soldier, non-commissioned officer and commissioned officers in units throughout Ohio.
"I had the fortunate opportunity to meet several community members and staff members throughout the interview process, and they made me feel very welcome," Brown said in a news release. "I am excited for this opportunity."
The new superintendent said he plans to spend some time in Fort Recovery over the summer to meet community members and staff.
Brown has been married to his wife, Susan, for 31 years. They have two adult children, Abby and Kristen.
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