Independence Board of Education Names Next Superintendent
At a special meeting on Wednesday, January 28, Independence Local Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of Ben Hegedish as the next superintendent. Steve Marlow, the current superintendent, notified the board last week that he was resigning at the end of the school year.
“Mr. Marlow has been such a positive force in our district. His fiscal and educational leadership kept Independence Local Schools as a top district in the State of Ohio. He knew all 1,100 students by name and interacted with them daily. No matter what school, sporting or community event that you attended, you could always expect to see Mr. Marlow there,” said Independence Board of Education President Jerry Narduzzi. In his four years with the district, Marlow hired three building principals and a curriculum director. Stan Skoczen Stadium was outfitted with synthetic turf with minimal cost to the taxpayers. Academically, the district’s Performance Index was within the top 50 of all school districts in the State of Ohio the past two years, and within the top 10 in Cuyahoga County. Under Marlow’s leadership, the district has reduced expenditures every year he was superintendent, while maintaining a high level of education.
Ben Hegedish is currently the principal of Independence Middle School. Prior to that, Hegedish was the assistant principal at North Olmsted Middle School and Dodge Immediate School in Twinsburg. He was a teacher at R.B. Chamberlin Middle School in Twinsburg. Hegedish received his Master’s degree in Education Administration and Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education from Kent State University.
“I am excited to serve the Independence Local Schools as the next superintendent and continue our tradition of academic excellence and I-Pride. Mr. Marlow has and will continue to be a valuable mentor as I work with him to learn and transition over the next six months. Our community— the students, families, and staff are top notch. While this is a challenging time for public education, with any challenge comes the opportunity to excel. I have no doubt that we're up to the challenge and I look forward to collaborating with our leadership team and staff,” said Hegedish.
The search for a new middle school principal will begin immediately. Hegedish officially begins as superintendent on August 1, 2015.
“We are pleased that Mr. Hegedish accepted the position of superintendent. His values and goals mirror the Board of Education’s and his high energy, approachable leadership style and outstanding communication skills will make him a great superintendent here in Independence,” said Narduzzi. “He is a great fit for our district.”
Hegedish resides in Peninsula with his wife, Jennie, and children Carrie, 8; Benny, 5; and Allie, 2.