Lorain Schools’ assistant director of student services will be leaving this summer for a director position at Black River Schools.
Superintendent Chris Clark said Tuesday that Linda Coad, one of 30 individuals to apply for student services director at Black River, was approved by the board of education Thursday.
Coad, 38, said she officially will begin her new role in August after finishing up her employment as assistant director of student services with the Lorain district July 31.
“I am going to start transitioning and taking a few days here and there to go over to Black River and meet with staff and just kind of get to know the community,” she said.
Coad, who holds a bachelor’s in special education and teaching from the University of Toledo and a master’s in administration with a concentration in curriculum instruction and professional development from Ashland University, will earn $77,426 a year.
Clark said the district conducted three rounds of interviews, with representatives from the administration, school board and district teachers. They were tasked with narrowing the field down to one candidate during the second round, but only got it down to two.
“So then I had to ask the board if they would sit in on this third round of interviews and conduct this executive session,” Clark said. “Ultimately then, I had to poll the board members and make some decisions.”
Clark said Coad seems to be a sincere and genuine individual, and has the people skills necessary to handle the role well.
“With our student services director, they are in the public a lot, they are meeting one-on-one with parents, so we wanted someone that could represent the district well,” Clark said.
Coad said she will oversee special education services for the district, as well as Black River’s preschool programs.
Coad previously worked as an intervention specialist for Midview Schools from 2003-11 before accepting a position as a special education supervisor with Lorain Schools in 2011. She was appointed to her current role last year.
Clark said Coad will replace outgoing student services director Angelique Kuba.
“Miss Kuba has requested that she goes back into the classroom,” he said. “She has made a request and the district is trying to honor (it).”
Coad said while she is excited for the opportunity to expand her leadership skills, she also is looking forward to becoming a part of the Black River community.
“It is just a charming welcoming community,” she said. “I am really excited and I think it is going to expand my learning, too, as far as my professional growth because it is a different dynamic than Lorain City Schools.”