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The Mansfield City Schools has a new athletics director, Kevin N. Porter. The Ohio native comes to Mansfield from a previous stint in Wisconsin.

MANSFIELD -- The Mansfield City Schools Board of Education has approved the hiring of Kevin N. Porter as the new high school athletics director

Porter, of Janesville, Wisconsin, comes from the Madison Metropolitan School District / La Follette High School, where he served as the athletic director.

"He has 14 years of experience in the athletic directing world and he has directed four high schools. He's coming here as an Ohioan, a Wickliffe graduate and we are very excited to have him as our new A.D.," said Mark Wilcheck, district Human Resources officer.

Porter's new 3-year contract is worth $92,300 a year.

"The Athletic Director job is important for any school," Superintendent Stan Jefferson said. "It's a very demanding job, but it can be a very rewarding job."

Jefferson said he is yet to meet Porter but has received phone calls praising the new hire.

He has also worked for two other Wisconsin schools. He was a St. Mary's School physical education teacher starting in November of 2019, an end date is not listed on his Mansfield City Schools online application. He was an athletic director for the school district of Janesville from August 2005 to June 2009.

From April 2001 to June 2004, Porter was the University of Akron's assistant athletic director/compliance officer, where he was in charge of compliance and regulations for NCAA Division I athletic program. He oversaw five sports and was an NCAA minority leadership institute graduate.

A call to Porter was not returned at the time of publication.

Jen Leppard, the previous full-time athletic director for the district pled guilty to grand theft in April. She was an educator in the district for 14 years before being placed on paid administrative leave on May 29, 2018. Her last day as a district employee was April 15, 2019.

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