ELYRIA — Ann Schloss, who has had an increasingly visible and vocal role in the direction of Elyria Schools over the years, now will be the No. 2 administrator in the district of roughly 6,500 students.
Thursday morning, school board members unanimously voted to promote Schloss, a 23-year veteran educator who has served her entire educational career with Elyria Schools, to associate superintendent. The district named Schloss director of academic services in 2011 and she continued in that role until her latest promotion.
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Schloss will assist Superintendent Tom Jama with advancing Elyria Schools through the construction of five new schools and the implementation of federal, state and local changes to curriculum and academic assessment. She also will oversee technology and pupil services. Schloss will remain director of academic services as well.
Jama said the promotion is well-deserved and Schloss will do well because her main focus is always “doing what is right for Elyria students.”
Board President Greg Elek said the appointment comes at the right time for the district, and Schloss is the right person.
“Anyone who knows Ann knows she is very dedicated to our students,” Elek said. “She is an expert in curriculum. She is everything good about Elyria Schools.”
The position of associate superintendent is not a new one for the district.
The last person to fully hold the title was now-retired educator Gordon Dupree, who worked under former Superintendent Paul Rigda.
Rigda said after Dupree left the district and Elyria entered a period of cutbacks, staff reductions and school closures, so he elected not to fill the position, but divide the responsibilities among existing employees including Schloss.
“Just before I left, she was my go-to person and was there when I was away from the district,” Rigda said. “Her role in the district has evolved over time. Now, this gives her the title she deserves.”
Gary Taylor, the district’s director of human resources, said Schloss is at the end of a three-year contract that is up July 31. An amendment to her contract will reflect the promotion and increase in base pay to $125,000 annually, which is about $8,000 over her salary as director of academic services. She will likely sign a new three-year contract with the district in May.
“Elyria is an amazing place. It’s been my home — and my home away from home — my entire life,” Schloss said. “We’re doing fantastic work in this district, driven by teachers, staff and school administrators unsurpassed in educational know-how and professionalism.”
District officials said Schloss has been instrumental in laying the groundwork for an upcoming $140 million building project, which will see Elyria Schools shrink from 11 elementary and middle schools to just five. The construction plan will be a multi-year project Schloss said she wants to see to completion.
“This is important. We have a vote of confidence from Elyria voters and we have to get it right,” she said. “We have to make sure what we do is what our students deserve.”
Schloss started in Elyria in 1994 as a teacher at Jefferson Elementary School and also taught at Cascade Elementary School. She has had several building-level and district-level administrative positions. She founded the in-house professional development program known as Elyria University and wrote a grant that garnered Elyria Schools the largest single grant in the history of the Stocker Foundation for a pilot program known as New Beginnings at Franklin Elementary School.
In 2015, she was in the running to become superintendent. The job ultimately went to Jama.
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