By Jeff Gallatin
New interim North Olmsted School District Superintendent Terry Krivak is ready to go to work.
After the school board, at its June 20 meeting, unanimously approved his hiring effective Aug. 1, Krivak, a former superintendent in the Berea City Schools, said he was glad to be taking the post. He was hired to take the interim position while the district seeks a permanent replacement in the next year for retiring Superintendent Cheryl Dubsky.
“It’ll be good to get back in that chair,” he said.
Krivak, who since leaving the Berea superintendent’s post in 1998 has served first as vice president of education K-12 for the Ohio Aerospace Institute, then as an education director for both the SMART (Science & Mathematics Achievement Required for Tomorrow) Consortium and Cleveland area public television’s Ideastream, said he will be busy.
“I don’t intend to just collect a paycheck,” he said.
He lauded the North Olmsted district’s accomplishments in recent years.
“It’s a strong district academically and has accomplished a lot,” he said. “It’s a credit to the staff and the students. I appreciate the opportunity to come into a district like that.”
Referring to staff issues, he said one area he would have to work on is replacing Associate Superintendent Anne Pyros, whose resignation to take the job of human resources director for the Westlake City Schools was accepted at the June 20 meeting.
“It’s tough when you lose a good No. 2 person, particularly one who has been instrumental in the academic and other high achievements of the district,” he said. “She clearly is well thought of here. We’ll miss her.”
In her remarks, Pyros thanked the North Olmsted district and community for many opportunities through the years, noting she had started as a student teacher in North Olmsted, and later becoming a building and district administrator.
“It’s a special place to me,” she said.
Krivak said he also expects to be busy helping reach new contract agreements with various employee unions in coming months.
He also cited the need to work on educational programs in the district to help it maintain the academic success which has led to it being ranked“ Excellent” or “Excellent With Distinction” the last six years in the annual district report cards issued by the Ohio Department of Education.
“We’ll be working to maintain and improve on that record,” he said.
In addition to the benefits of having worked more than 30 years in education, as a teacher all the way to superintendent, he said the experience he gained working for the SMART Consortium and Ideastream can only benefit the district.
“There are a lot of great contacts and ideas that come with those organizations, and we’ll utilize them as best we can,” he said.
Krivak said he also intends to be active in helping the North Olmsted boosters and athletic supporters move forward their plans to upgrade district athletic facilities with state-of-the-art artificial turf and other upgrades. Krivak, who played high school football with legendary quarterback Joe Namath, was a key part of the Baldwin-Wallace small college football powers in the early 1960s.
“That’s a lot of work, but something which will benefit the district and community,” he said.
School board President Tom Herbster reiterated his beliefs that Krivak will be a major asset to the district.
“Mr. Krivak’s extensive experience and involvement in both the education and greater community, and his work with area public officials and state legislators, will be an asset to the district,” he said.
“His experience as a superintendent, administrator, teacher and education professi0nal, and his knowledge in negotiating contracts, will serve the district and community well and allow the board of education the necessary time to conduct a thorough and systematic search for a permanent superintendent.”
District officials and Krivak indicated they were still working out the final details of his contract, with both saying it would not be a problem to get it done.