Mark Manley

STOW -- Mark Manley, assistant superintendent of Mansfield City Schools, is heading to Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, according My Town NEO.

Manley will have the same position at his new school starting Aug. 1.

The Stow-Munroe School board voted unanimously June 1 to hire Manley. He was hired in June of 2016 by the Mansfield School District as the Human Resources Director.

“We look forward to welcoming Mark to the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District family,” superintendent Tom Bratten told My Town NEO. “Mark has experience as an assistant superintendent and HR director.

"Additionally, his experience as a union president and lead negotiator gives him a unique perspective that will translate into treating people with respect and dignity on both sides of the table during future negotiations.”

According to Mansfield school board member Chris Elswick, the move surprised the school district.

"It's my understanding everyone found out about it from the newspaper," said Elswick, who was emailed a link to the report. "Brian (Garverick, the superintendent) and board members. It's very disappointing. "

Manley's new position will net him $104,000 a year, which is Step 4 of the administrative salary schedule. According to Elswick, Manley was making approximately $94,000 at Mansfield City Schools.

"When we hired Mark, I talked to him," Elswick said. "He told me he was not the kind of guy to just use a district for one or two years. He left us in a significant situation."

Elswick said Manley was the leading voice of the school district's side during contract negotiations with the Mansfield Schools Educators Association.

Having Manley give up the position leaves the district without much of a game plan, Elswick said.

"I appreciate all of the hard work contributed by Mr. Manley during his tenure with the Mansfield City Schools," board member Judy Forney said. "While I am very sorry to see him leave, I understand that we often have to make personal and professional decisions that are difficult. I wish him the best in his new position.

"Going forward, I know our district will take this opportunity to fill the vacancy he leaves with a highly qualified individual who will continue the excellent work Mr Manley began. "

Manley had not returned a message seeking comment at the time of publication.

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