STRONGSVILLE – Strongsville High School is in need of a new principal after the resignation of Joseph Mueller was approved at a recent board of education meeting.

Mueller came on board to lead the high school staff in 2019 after the resignation of former principal Mark Smithberger. He has 45 years of experience in education and previously served as an administrator in the West Geauga, Perry, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, and Avon Lake schools.

Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Pelko said that Mueller’s position as principal was not an interim one, but as a seasoned educator, it ended up being a one-year position for him. Mueller thanked the district and said that he plans to retire to spend time with his family.

In the meantime, district administrators are in the process of looking for his replacement. The job was posted and applications have been coming in. High school staff members were given the opportunity to give feedback about what they would like to see in a principal. Pelko said she hopes to have the interview process underway by the end of February.

In mid-March, the community will have a chance to get involved. A community forum will be announced by the district, and will give stakeholders an opportunity to hear firsthand from the final candidates. Attendees can ask questions and make comparisons, and then ultimately provide their own feedback regarding the potential administrators.

“We’re looking forward to selecting a new principal. We have a process in place that will involve the community, involve the high school, involve all the different stakeholders. We do want to publicly thank Mr. Mueller. He’s done a great job for us and we’ll look forward to wishing him well at our May meeting,” said board President Richard Micko.

The intention is to have a new principal approved in late March. Mueller’s contract ends July 31, and a new contract would begin Aug. 1.

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