TWINSBURG -- The Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Board of Education is eyeing current executive director Dave Mangas to be the career center's new superintendent, with a vote on the hire set for June 15.
With approval, Mangas will fill the shoes of retiring Superintendent Dr. Celena Roebuck, who will retire Aug. 1 after 16 years of leadership at CVCC. She announced her retirement in February. The three-year contract calls for a yearly salary of $138,500.
Mangas said he was grateful to the staff and community "for their support during this process."
"I am honored and humbled to accept this position, and I will work hard and apply my skills and knowledge to make sure that the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center continues to be the great school that it is," Mangas said June 9.
Roebuck said she "couldn't be more pleased" with the selection of Mangas.
"It gives me a great deal of pride to see him come over as superintendent," she said.
CVCC Board of Education President Kathleen Mack agreed.
"We are pleased and fortunate to be moving forward with Mr. Mangas as our next superintendent," she said June 1. "He is highly qualified for the position and brings enthusiasm and a wealth of diverse experience in the various positions he has held."
Mangas joined CVCC as executive director this past August. Previously, he served as the School Improvement Coordinator at C-TEC, as well as a director at Columbus Downtown High School. Mangas has a master's of education from Ashland University and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Defiance College.
Mangas said that his nearly 20 years in education have been in career and technical training.
"My focus will be connecting with students, parents and teachers," Mangas said. "I also want to strengthen our relationships with the educational leaders."
Mangas said he looks forward to providing a quality education, making sure the center "does not spend more than it takes in" and is fiscally responsible, and staying involved in the community.
Mangas grew up in Defiance. After graduating from college, he moved to Columbus where he met his wife, Rebecca. They have been married 19 years and have two children: Luke, 16, and Autumn, 14.
CVCC approved a $10,900 contract with the Finding Leaders, based in Independence, to assist with the search, completed over the last several months. Board of Education member James Virost said that there were more than 30 applications, which the Board whittled down to four. From there, the Board selected two finalists.
"We feel [Mangas] was best qualified to carry the community center forward," Virost said. "He has the respect of the staff, and he has the respect of the union members."
Virost said he was impressed with Mangas' vision for the CVCC.
"He expressed a desire to go to the schools to see what is needed, what the schools are looking for," he said. "We serve eight school districts and all eight are very different."
Virost added he hoped the new superintendent would address the adult education department.
"I hope that we can at worst get into a break-even situation," Virost said. "Better, if it made a small profit. Right now, it is subsidized out of the general fund."
Board member Mark Curtis said CVCC was in an "enviable and unique situation" in having to choose from two "highly qualified candidates."
"Both had extensive backgrounds in technical education," Curtis said. "With Mr. Mangas, this will be his first superintendent position. We are pretty excited that he is being given the opportunity to continue his employment in this capacity at the CVCC. One of the things we like is he's extremely familiar already with what is going on. He has some very good ideas in terms of doing some more innovative things over and above what they are already doing. I know the staff is excited to have him, they already know him and are impressed with what he brings to the table."
The Cuyahoga Valley Career Center is based in Brecksville and serves more than 25,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade through its career development program and nearly 3,000 adults annually from 25 different communities who seek career training, according to information provided by the CVCC website.
CVCC provides education for approximately 1,000 high school students with 30 career-technical programs and offers adults and area employers year-round options for daytime, evening and weekend classes. CVCC serves Twinsburg City School District, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools, the Cuyahoga Heights schools, the Garfield Heights schools, the Independence schools, the Nordonia Hills City School District, North Royalton schools and the Revere Local School District.