Current district superintendent Patricia Ciraso announced her resignation to the school board in December, and she will end her 47-year career with the district on Aug. 1. She was unavailable to comment on Wednesday.
“Sometimes, it’s just time to make a change. I don’t know what I’ll do after this. I’ve been here a long time,” Ciraso said in January. “I am very grateful to the district for allowing me to be part of this school system for the past 47 years, and I wish them great success.”
In January, the Washington-Nile School Board asked the South Central Ohio Educational Services Center (SCOESC) to assist them in their search for a new superintendent, and applications were accepted in February and March.
Lowell Howard, superintendent of the SCOESC, said they received 17 applications. The school board announced that Stricklett had been selected during their April 20 meeting.
Howard said Stricklett brings many relevant experiences to the Washington-Nile staff, students and community. Howard cited Stricklett’s teaching, coaching and administrative experience that includes 10 years as a building principal, most recently at Manchester High School.
“Mr. Stricklett has 26 years in the education profession; he identifies his major accomplishment as being a member of an administrative team that enabled his building to receive an Effective or Excellent Local Report Card rating. Mr. Stricklett currently serves as a member of the Southeast District Board for the Ohio High School Athletic Association. His participation in this and other organizations has ensured a professional network throughout the state of Ohio,” Howard wrote in a prepared news release this week.
Stricklett will begin his term as superintendent on Aug. 1, 2011.
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