Mary Alice Reporting – New leadership at Tusky Valley Schools has been named as long-time Superintendent Mark Murphy steps down.

Murphy is the longest-serving school leader in the district’s history after he was appointed in July 2005. The Board of Education unanimously approved the leadership change and announced that Dr. Derek Varansky will assume the role on July 1st, on a per diem basis, with the official 3-year contract effective August 1st.

He will still be within the school system as Director of Operations.

“Part of that main responsibility would be continuing to oversee the construction project, all aspects of the facilities; as well as, capital improvement planning, and district safety, and perhaps a variety of other things.”

He will also be on hand as a guide and resource as the next superintendent takes over.

Varanksy is a 2006 Tuscarawas Valley School graduate and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the area of education from Kent State University. He finished his Doctor of Education degree in November 2020 had has served the district for the last 10 years as a 4th-grade teacher, middle school dean of students, and director of curriculum, instruction, and federal programs.

“I’m so excited for this next role. Thank you board of education for having tremendous trust in me, to Mr. Murphy for the mentorship for the past ten years, and I just look forward to working with you all in this new role. We’ve worked hard, we already have a lot of good things already in place, and so, we’re ready to hit the ground running.”

Amy Burrier, president of the Tusky Valley BOE, notes this decision will “ensure the long-term success through effective and deliberate transition of district leadership. We wan

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