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School board picks Muratori

Alissa Widman Neese • Jul 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Huron Schools will look to a current Sandusky Schools administrator to guide the district forward as it confronts the aftermath of firing its former leader.

At a brief meeting Monday, school board members voted 3-2 to hire Dennis Muratori as Huron Schools superintendent starting Aug. 1. Muratori is currently assistant superintendent of Sandusky Schools.

“He rose above the other candidates because of his commitment to student learning, ability to engage the community, his drive and his desire to always get better,” board president Scott Slocum said. “We have a lot of confidence he will take us to new levels of success. This is a great opportunity for the district.”

Board members Kevin Asher and John Caporini voted against the hire. They cited their desire to look for an interim superintendent and said their negative votes had nothing to do with Muratori, who is “incredibly qualified.”

Fred Fox, the district’s former superintendent, is appealing his April firing in court. If Fox wins, Huron Schools may be forced to reinstate him as superintendent.

Until the legal battle is over, Asher and Caporini said they believe hiring a permanent replacement is a premature decision.

“There are some circumstances that could happen which might not be good for you or for the district and that concerns us,” Asher said to Muratori at the meeting. “We would rather see that come to finality before we move forward with this.”

Muratori was the only local candidate among 21 applicants.

He has been with Sandusky Schools more than 10 years, including six as Sandusky High School assistant principal of academic and student affairs.

As assistant superintendent, he also served as the district’s chief of staff and transformation officer.

In his application letter, Muratori said he is satisfied with his current job, but as a longtime Huron resident and a parent of Huron Schools students, he felt inclined to apply for the superintendent position.

He attended Monday’s meeting with his wife, Rebecca Muratori, Osborne Elementary School principal, and three children, McKena, 10, and twins Dominic and Marco, 6.

“The opportunity to serve the district in which I choose to live and raise my family is a unique and special one,” Muratori said. “My No. 1 priority is to reach out and build relationships with the community, students, faculty and staff as soon as possible.”

A signed copy of Muratori’s contract, including pay information and employment timeframe, was not available Monday night, board president Scott Slocum said. The Register should have a copy Wednesday or Thursday, once attorneys have finished reviewing it and all parties have signed it.

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