The Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Superintendent Robert Hunt accepted a new position at Barrington 220 Community School District in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Hunt plans to finish the academic year with Chagrin schools “to support the transition to the next leader,” the district stated in a Wednesday press release.

Dr. Hunt was hired as the superintendent for Chagrin schools in June 2012 and had one year left in his contract, the release stated. Prior to his position as superintendent in the falls, Dr. Hunt served as superintendent to Streetsboro City Schools. In Chagrin Falls, he held positions of high school assistant principal, high school principal and assistant superintendent.

Dr. Hunt received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kent State University, a master’s degree in education administration from Ursuline College and his doctorate in K-12 educational leadership from Kent State University, according to the school website.

“This is a unique opportunity that was brought to me in a high performing significantly larger school district that will allow me to continue to grow professionally,” Dr. Hunt said in a written statement. “I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to lead Chagrin Falls schools. I have grown and developed as a leader forging life-long friendships.”

Dr. Hunt recognized the board of education, administrators and staff for their commitment to students of the district, as well as the community “for their continued support.

“Our district has and always will have high academic standards and student excellence. What sets Chagrin Falls Schools apart from others is the constant and positive involvement of our parents and community members,” he continued. “This involvement, coupled with a dynamic staff and a desire to honor what has come before, makes me so appreciative to have been able to lead this district.”

Board President Phil Rankin commended Dr. Hunt for his leadership and initiatives that have resulted in the district receiving awards and recognitions, bringing special attention to his one-to-one initiative. “Dr. Hunt’s pursuit of one-to-one technology and personalized learning were pivotal in the district’s ability to continue to support student learning during the pandemic,” he said.

“The board understands that while Dr. Hunt was not actively seeking a new position, he was presented with this irresistible opportunity to grow professionally and expand his leadership and management capabilities in a significantly larger school district,” Mr. Rankin said. “The Board wants only the best for Dr. Hunt and wishes him and his family much success in Chicago. The Hunt family was an integral part of our community and will be missed.”

With Chagrin schools ranking at one of the highest achieving districts in the state – ranking No. 3 for the 2019 Ohio School Report Cards with the high school specifically ranking No. 1, Mr. Rankin said he’s sure the district “will attract outstanding candidates for the superintendent position.

“The Board will move quickly to initiate the search for the District’s next educational leader,” he continued, “selecting an executive search firm and undertaking a process that leverages input from the administration, staff, parents, students and the community.”

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