Marinise Harris

Outgoing high school principal Marinise Harris thanked the school board for the opportunity during a Tuesday night meeting.

MANSFIELD -- Mansfield Senior High School Principal Marinise Harris will leave the district at the end of this month. The board of education accepted her resignation, effective July 30, at its meeting Tuesday night.

“Sometimes an email is not enough, so I wanted to publicly thank the board for giving me this opportunity," Harris told the board.

A 1992 Senior High graduate, Harris has been high school principal since 2019. She called her decision to take a job in another district "bittersweet."

"It was a great opportunity to come back -- I’ll always be a Tyger -- to be able to lead the ship. I believe we are on the upswing," she said. "I believe I came to do what I needed to do and I'm always only a phone call away."

Robert McQuate

The Mansfield City Schools board of education is expected to approve assistant high school principal Robert McQuate as interim principal for the 2021-2022 school year at its upcoming meeting August 3.

The board announced via a press release that it plans to hire Robert McQuate, an assistant principal at Mansfield Senior High School, as interim high school principal at its next meeting August 3.

McQuate has worked for the district for seven years. During that time he served as assistant middle school principal, middle school principal and then assistant high school principal. He earned his education degree from Ashland University.

Director of Personnel Mark Wilchuck stated the board has extended an offer and McQuate agreed to accept, though it won't be official until the board votes.

"Mr. McQuate brings experience to that position," Wilcheck said. "I think stability is key for that building. He's been there and he knows the students, parents and staff, and we're looking forward to a very smooth transition with him."

Wilcheck said he anticipated McQuate will do a great job and that the district would be willing to consider him for a permanent position in the future. 

According to a news release on the Mansfield City Schools website, McQuate has previously worked as principal at Hickory Grove High School in Marion, Ralph C. Starkey High School in Circeville, and Cornell Abraxas and FIRST School through the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center. He has also worked as an assistant principal at Indian River School in Massillon.

McQuate said he considers it an honor and privilege to be tapped as interim principal.

“I’m very excited for the possibilities," he said. "I’m looking forward to it very much and I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve the district and their students and families.”

The board also:

  • Accepted the resignation of Logan Slavinski as dean of students at Mansfield Middle School.

  • Approved the renewal of a 10-month administrative contract with Prospect Elementary Principal Renee Bessick.

  • Approved a revised job description for the career technical education secretary.

  • Approved a new job description that combined the roles of digital literacy teacher and social emotional learning teacher for Malabar Intermediate School.

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