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Mastroianni announces retirement

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Sep 12, 2018 at 9:00 PM

AVERY — EHOVE Career Center has had only four superintendents over its 50-year history. The search for the fifth has begun, as current Superintendent Sharon Mastroianni has made the decision to retire as she approaches the 13-year mark in the role.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve at EHOVE Career Center for over 33 years,” Mastroianni said.

“It has been a pleasure to work with so many fine professionals in every department at the career center. I continue to be amazed at the skill and dedication that the staff provide to high school and adult students every day. It is their ongoing efforts that make EHOVE an outstanding educational institution. Although I am looking forward to a work schedule that permits me to spend more time with my family, I plan to continue to work. I am excited to find another position that will present new opportunities for me to learn and grow.”

The search is being conducted by North Point Educational Service Center. The position opening will be posted in October, interviews should be completed by February and a new superintendent is expected to be announced in March.

EHOVE board of education president Paul Lockwood II expressed his appreciation for Mastroianni’s contributions.

“The board of education greatly appreciates her leadership and guidance, commends her 33 years of service to EHOVE in various high school and adult education positions and wishes her the best in retirement,” he said. “We know she will take pride in the mark she has left on our institution as we enter our second half-century of providing career technical education.”

Mastroianni, a Monroeville resident and graduate, will have served a total of 34 years with the district. Hired as a special education supervisor in 1985, she held a variety of administrative positions in the high school and adult education programs until she was selected as the EHOVE superintendent in 2006.

“EHOVE has experienced incredible growth and advancement over the past 12 years,” Lockwood said. “None of this could have been possible without the dedication, foresight and effort put forth by Mrs. Mastroianni.”

Keeping a solid foothold in EHOVE’s foundation and purpose while staying focused on careers for today and tomorrow is vital to her.

“Our mission since day one has been to give our high school and adult students the tools they need for a successful career,” Mastroianni said. “At the same time, we are committed to providing up-to-date training so our students are prepared to immediately enter a competitive workforce or to continue their education in the military, an apprenticeship program or college.”

Mastroianni worked to keep EHOVE student-centered, connected to the needs of the workforce and was vital to the local economy and community through several efforts and projects.

Since 2006, enrollment in the high school has grown 35 percent and 122 percent in adult education. In 2013, an $8.5 million expansion and renovation project brought much-needed upgrades to the science and technology facilities and equipment. A 2017 $ half-million expansion project in the welding and machining labs addressed a long list of needs in related local industry.

This year, a $13 million facilities project is in progress to renovate and expand the culinary arts, public safety, education and media center areas in the school. School officials said these projects all are necessary for EHOVE students to have access to relevant skills and equipment in their career fields.

These progress points are also made possible due to community support in the passage of a renewal levy, two operating levies moved to a continuous status and a new half-mill permanent improvement levy.

In June 2014, the board gave Mastroianni a five-year contract extension that ended July 31, 2019. According to a statement included in the contract, board members were supposed to allow Mastroianni to retire by July 31, 2015 and they would rehire her legally to the same position through July 2019.

For more information about the search, call North Point Educational Service Center Superintendent Doug Crooks at 419-627-3900 ext. 3904. For more information about EHOVE, go to www.EHOVE.net.

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