CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — Editor's note: the video in the video above is from a previously published, unrelated story.
On Wednesday evening, Cuyahoga Falls City School District officials confirmed that Superintendent, Dr. Todd Nichols, has announced his resignation from the position, with the Cuyahoga Falls City School District Board of Education unanimously approving Nichol's resignation.
“Although Dr. Nichols’ contract extended until June, 2025, he will be retiring at the end of this calendar year” stated Karen Schofield, President of the Cuyahoga Falls City School Board. “We thank him for his service and wish him the best in his retirement.”
Officials tell 3News in a statement that Dr. Nichols will utilize accrued leave until his retirement at the end of the year.
In the meantime, District Director of Human Resources, Ellen McClure, has been appointed to step in as acting Superintendent during this period of transition. A search for a permanent replacement will begin shortly.
“The school board has every confidence that Ellen McClure and other district administrators will work with our dedicated staff to continue to provide our students with a high quality education while engaging our families and community” stated Board President Karen Schofield. “As a district we are moving forward. The future is bright for the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools and the communities that we serve.”
The school district has been one of many in Northeast Ohio over the past several months to experience ups and downs connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. 3News' Marisa Saenz recently covered one board meeting where irate parents were fighting the district's mask mandate for students and staff. Dr. Nichols' decision to extend the mask mandate in October was heavily criticized by some parents, while others thanked him for keeping their children safe.
“I’ve asked to speak tonight to publicly thank Dr. Nichols and the board of education on your decision to extend the mask mandate in our schools,” one teacher said at the time.
You can listen to the Wednesday evening board meeting in the player below:
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