Don Dailey, interim superintendent of Poland School District, reflected on a busy year as he cleared out his desk and prepared to enjoy the rest of the year on his sailboat.
"I feel good about what we have accomplished in Poland," Dailey said. "The support and collaboration with our leadership team has been amazing as have parents, students and staff. Coming from the outside and being objective, I can say that Poland students have an outstanding school district."
During his brief time at the helm, Dailey saw a critical 5.9-mill levy pass in November and a crucial renewal in the spring. Besides those necessary financial events, Dailey also had to deal with security issues.
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New Poland Superintendent David Janofa officially took the helm of Poland Schools on Friday as Interim Superintendent Don Dailey cleared out his desk and headed out to take the helm of his sailboat on Lake Erie.
"Security was a big focus," he said. "The coming school year will start with security cameras, buzzers and voice admittance equipment in place at all the buildings."
Besides the security upgrades, Dailey also was on board for the district's first active shooter training. The staff at Poland schools got to take part in the Ohio attorney general's program to teach the proper steps to take when a shooter is threatening a building. Dailey said it will better prepare teachers and staff to handle such an emergency.
Dailey was pleased that all these programs and levies are in place and he said it was a great ending to his time in Poland.
"I leave with many fond memories and many new friends," Dailey said. "This was a perfect way to end my career."
Dailey said his plans are now to head to Lake Erie and enjoy his 34-foot sailboat with his wife, Kristen. His wife has been retired for two years, but proved very helpful in working with the Poland levy committee.
"She is now ready to have me back home," Dailey said.
The Daileys are also awaiting the arrival of their first grandchild. His son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Kimberly Dailey, live in Cleveland Heights where he will likely be spending some time this summer.
Taking over the helm on Monday, July 1 was David Janofa, former superintendent from Sandy Valley School District in Stark County. When he was hired earlier this year, he began visiting Poland schools to get familiar with his new position.
"I started coming here back in March and working with Don," he said. "Having his background knowledge and wisdom has been invaluable to me. We became good friends and I wish him smooth sailing.
"The staff, students and community were very appreciative in what Mr. Dailey has done," Janofa said. "I hope to continue those things."