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Girard hires alum as new principal

Board fills employment gaps in school district

GIRARD — The school district’s employment gaps have been filled for the 2019-20 school year.

At a special meeting Tuesday, the Board of Education hired Girard High School graduate Samuel Caputo as high school principal, effective Aug. 1, earning $92,500 his first year.

“It’s a great relief to have GHS alumni coming back and being able to take the reins on our school system,” said board member Sue Ellen Davis.

The school district was in need of a high school principal after William Ryser resigned and when Bryan O’Hara, also a GHS alumnus, replaced David Cappuzzello as superintendent.

“He was the only candidate we considered,” Cappuzzello said. “When Bryan took my seat, we needed to fill the slot, and he’s a great choice. He was the obvious choice.”

Caputo was originally hired five weeks ago as the special education director, and before coming to Girard, he worked at the Mahoning County Educational Service Center for seven years. Caputo holds a master’s degree in education administration from Youngstown State University.

“How fortunate we are to move Sam’s talents to the high school principalship. We have worked together for many years, through Warren City Schools, educational service centers in terms of his curriculum background, his special education background, his understanding of the dynamics of our high school, and more importantly, the ‘prepare for success’ expectations,” O’Hara said. “He understands how to have pathways for students to enroll in college, be employed into college and career and possibly even enlist, you know, those kind of options. I’m really excited about the future of what he can create working with our staff.”

Caputo said he is excited to be back in Girard and says the district’s staff has been supportive in helping him transition into this new role.

“It’s very humbling to be back serving my alma mater. I have a great relationship with Bryan, and I look forward to serving my hometown,” Caputo said.

With Caputo taking on the role of high school principal, the board hired Jessica Krumpak as the new special education director, effective Aug. 1, at $76,000 per year.

Krumpak formally resigned from her position as director of student services at McDonald Local Schools at its board meeting Tuesday evening.

“I think we have a very well-rounded team here, in terms of our leadership for our students,” O’Hara said.

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