The Marietta City Schools Board of Education held a special meeting Tuesday to select Brad Silvus as the district’s new superintendent.
Silvus, who graduated from Fort Frye High School in Beverly, has been in education for about 31 years.
He has worked in school administration for 22 years and has been a teacher for the previous nine years. Silvus said he taught all math subjects from grades seven through twelfth except AP Calculus, and held the positions of program director, vice-principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in the past.
Silvus is the current superintendent of the local Graham School District in Champaign County.
“I had a lot of different experiences in my career” he said. “I’ve worked in districts of varying sizes, from Fairborn with 4,600 students to Greenon Local with 1,500 students. Marietta is a comfortable size for me, about 2,300 students.
Silvus said he was looking forward to being back in the area.
“I have been looking for the opportunity to come back to this field, and this is, in my opinion, the perfect opportunity,” he said.
Silvus said he thinks the schools in the city of Marietta have a lot to offer, including great staff and students.
He said that in the future he would like to work on improving academics and building trust and a sense of collaboration between staff, community and administration.
Board Chairman Eric Reed explained the interview process during the meeting and noted that Silvus was “number one out of the gate.”
Reed explained why he chose to support the resolution to approve Silvus’ appointment as superintendent.
“I like humble leaders and hard working leaders and I think Brad is absolutely that person,” he said.
Reed said when contacting references, the terms integrity and collaboration kept coming up. He also said that Silvus had successfully passed bond issues, which has been a problem in the district in recent years.
Board Vice Chairman Sam Tuten commented on the future of the district.
“I am extremely excited about the future of schools in the town of Marietta. I believe in Mr. Silvus’ ability to not only access buildings, but also engage with staff, effect change and hold everyone accountable, while doing so both in a professional, with compassion and empathy and just a general sense of unity that he can bring to everyone in the schools in the city of Marietta,” he said. “I’m confident he’s going to provide the new life that our district and our community desperately needs.”
Board member Cody Parman said the board was confident in its decision regarding Silvus.
“We’re really confident right now because we feel like we made a decision together as a district,” he said. “And we have a highly qualified superintendent. I’m excited.”
The board unanimously approved Silvus’ position as Superintendent of Schools for the City of Marietta on Tuesday.
Silvus will replace Superintendent Will Hampton, who will take over as Superintendent of Alexander Local Schools in Athens County on August 1.
Silvus will begin his three-year term on August 1.
“It’s good to come home” Silvus said.
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