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Hudson City Schools superintendent resigns after tumultuous year

The district said in a statement that Superintendent Phil Herman is leaving his position for a job in the private sector.

HUDSON, Ohio — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a previously published story.

On Tuesday, Hudson City Schools announced that Superintendent Phil Herman would be resigning from his position to pursue a career in the private sector. 

Herman, who joined Hudson in 2005 according to the district's website, is stepping back from his role in February 2022 to join Impact Group, a communications firm based out of Northeast Ohio.

“Phil has had an enormous impact on our district,” said Dave Zuro, President of the Hudson City Schools Board of Education.  “He has been an invaluable partner to me and my fellow Board members as we worked together to make Hudson Schools one of the truly outstanding districts in the state of Ohio.”

Earlier this year, the superintendent and the school district came under fire for controversial and "pornographic" prompts inside of supplemental material for a high school writing class. 

"It is clear that as a district, we did not properly review this resource, and for that, we sincerely apologize. We take great pride in the instructional experience of our students and take very seriously anything that negatively impacts our mission to provide an educational program that provides for the development of each child in a safe, nurturing environment," Herman wrote in a statement at the time. 

Zuro said in September that no Hudson officials had any plans to resign, despite law enforcement being contacted regarding the situation.

The Board of Education plans to appoint former superintendent Steve Farnsworth at the December 13 meeting to fill in during the interim period, while a more permanent replacement is looked into. 

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