CUYAHOGA FALLS — An elementary school principal recently resigned from his post and has accepted a job as a science teacher at Cuyahoga Falls High School.

John Musat sent a letter to District Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols on April 29 announcing his intention to step down from his position as principal of Price Elementary School, noting he was poised to move into a new job within the district.

"I have enjoyed my time leading Price, but more recently realized that I need to take a step back, and refocus some of my attention to other areas in my life," wrote Musat. "It has been an honor [to] serve our district as an administrator for the past 16 years."

Musat did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

The Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education on May 6 approved Musat’s resignation from the Price job, effective Aug. 1. The Board then OK’d appointing Musat to work as a science teacher at Cuyahoga Falls High School starting Aug. 17.

Musat earned a salary of $85,115 as principal of Price and will make $74,948 as a high school science teacher.

"I am happy to be able to still be part of the Black Tiger family and look forward to the day when I will be able to help lead the district again," wrote Musat in his letter to Nichols.

Before becoming the principal at Price, Musat served as an assistant principal at Bolich Middle School and in the same role at the high school.

Board approves retirement of technology director

The Board on May 6 also approved James Marras’ retirement from his position as the district’s director of instructional technology operations, effective May 31. Marras served in the role for seven years and earned a salary of $78,682.

At the May 20 Board of Education meeting, Marras thanked both the Board and the administration for their support.

"I can only thank the board for being able to allow me to build a team that will keep Cuyahoga Falls moving forward, especially in light of everything that’s happening with the new transition being much more of a blended than a fixed learning model," stated Marras. "It has been a pleasure and then some."

Nichols thanked Marras and noted he had "delivered everything that I asked you to deliver and then some … and you’ve become a true friend."

District Treasurer Kristy Stoicoiu said interviews are being conducted for the positions vacated by Musat and Marras and it is not yet known when the replacements will be hired.

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