Girard names new principals

High school to get new leaders after resignations

GIRARD — The Girard Board of Education on Thursday named a new high school principal and assistant principal for the 2019-20 school year.

The board named Bryan O’Hara as the new high school principal to replace William Ryser, who submitted his resignation because he is moving this summer to Florida. O’Hara is a former Liberty High School math teacher, former Girard basketball coach and most recently was a director of curriculum and instruction at the Trumbull County Educational Service Center.

The board named John Cardiero as the assistant high school principal, replacing William Christofil who submitted his resignation retirement. Cardiero most recently served as an assistant high school principal at Liberty High School.

O’Hara and Cardiero are both Girard alumni.

“It was very emotional to get three Girard alumni for the positions. We had some very good candidates. We went through a process and interviewed many super candidates,” said board member Diane Alejars.

She said there were 11 applicants for principal and 34 for the assistant principal position. School officials are still discussing salaries for the positions. Both contracts begin Aug. 1 and run through July 31, 2021.

Superintendent David Cappuzzello and board members Mark Zuppo and Diane Alejars conducted the interviews.

In other business, the board named Sam Caputo as special education director on a two-year contract, also from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2021 at $80,000 annually. Caputo, also a Girard graduate, will replace Diane Kosko who resigned.

Board member Sue Ellen Davis said the high school graduation at noon Sunday at the high school gymnasium will be the last one for both Ryser and Christofil as well as senior class adviser and high school teacher Reynald Paolone.

Ryser served as Girard High School principal for 12 years and two years as principal of the junior high. Christofil, who previously worked for Youngstown city schools, has been with Girard for seven years. Paolone has been a teacher in the district since 1997.