The Poland Board of Education office at the high school welcomed a new face on Monday, Aug. 20. Longtime area educator Don Dailey has stepped into the role of superintendent to give the Poland Board of Education a year to find a new permanent superintendent.
"Dr. Zorn officially steps down on Aug. 31," Dailey said. "He is in and out right now, working with me to make the transition easier."
Dailey said Zorn originally had intended to resign in January, but realized that it would be mid-year for the school district, making it more difficult to bring in a new superintendent.
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Poland’s new interim superintendent Don Dailey stepped into his temporary role on Aug. 20.
The Poland Board of Education worked with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center to hire Dailey. He was brought in Aug. 20 as an administrator on assignment, then will take over the role of superintendent on Sept. 1.
Dailey graduated from Cardinal Mooney and went on to earn his bachelor of science degree in education from Youngstown State University in 1967 and his master of science degree in education from YSU in 1971. His first teaching job was in the Perryville School District in 1967-68. From 1968 through 2004, Dailey was employed by the Boardman School District where he rose through the ranks from teacher to principal to superintendent.
Since retiring from Boardman, Dailey has served as interim superintendent in Struthers City Schools, and has stepped in as interim principal for Boardman and Canfield school districts. He was brought into Poland under a one-year contract running from Sept. 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
"I look forward to the challenges," Dailey said. "I am excited to be in Poland, a school district I've always had the highest respect for."
Dailey said he doesn't plan to run for the position next year. He said his only intent to help the district during a transition period and give it time to find the right person for the job. In the meantime, Dailey has the challenge of getting a school levy passed.
Dailey is in the process of assembling a levy committee for this November's election.
"I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who may be interested in helping with the school levy campaign," he said.
The levy that will be on the ballot in November is for 5.9 mills. It will be the fourth attempt for Poland to pass a levy to avoid further cuts. Anyone interested in being on the committee for the levy can contact Dailey at 330-757-7000.