WARREN - District veteran Steve Chiaro will be the new superintendent of Warren City Schools. The choice was unanimous by Board of Education members present Friday afternoon; board member Patricia Limperos was absent from the special meeting.
Chiaro will be stepping up from his position as associate superintendent to replace former Superintendent Michael Notar, who in June announced his departure for Conneaut Area City Schools.
Chiaro's 18 years with the district began with his first teaching job as a third grade instructor at Laird Avenue Elementary School.
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Warren promoted Steve Chiaro to superintendent Friday.
He has since worked his way through several positions into the administration, including principal at Jefferson School on Tod Avenue N.W.
His contract comes with a $120,000 salary and 25 vacation days. Notar was paid $110,000 annually.
Board members praised Chiaro's growth through the system and pledged their support for his endeavors in the new position.
"Because you've been around so long, we know you're committed to the district," Board President Andre Coleman said.
Board member Regina Patterson referred to Chiaro as a "hometown hero" and expressed her anticipation to work with him, while member Robert Faulkner Sr. commended his character traits of honesty and truthfulness.
"I think you understand what the district needs and we're here as a team to support you in that," Faulkner said.
Chiaro acknowledged the board's positive words.
"It's imperative to maintain high expectations of everyone,'' he said. ''If we want our district to have opportunity for our staff, we need to start by making it a land of opportunity for our students.
"Thank you for your confidence... We're all going to pull together and we're going to shake things up as we focus on school improvement," he said.
Chiaro's contract is a three-year agreement that calls for him to work 260 days a year, which is considered full-time for school superintendents. The agreement runs from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2017.
He was also approved by council to act as superintendent pro temp until July 31, when Notar's contract expires. Notar is using up days off that he is owed.
A provision in the contract that is ''unique'' to Chiaro's agreement is that if the school board, for some reason, does not renew his contract, Chiaro will have the opportunity to return to an administrative position in the district. This was a request by Chiaro.
''That spoke a lot about him, because he is showing loyalty to the district,'' Coleman said.
Board members expressed a sincere hope that Chiaro's stay as superintendent would be for a long amount of time. This comes after the last two superintendents broke their contracts early.
Notar left one year early for the lesser paying position in Conneaut calling it a "a good fit for me personally and professionally.'' Notar had served as Warren's superintendent for a little more than two years.
Before Notar was hired, the school board awarded Bruce Thomas a three-year contract in July 2011 after an extensive national search. Thomas resigned from his post abruptly on June 26, 2012, just one year into his three-year contract after he admitted a romantic relationship with a subordinate.