Jeffery Talbert, superintendent of the Osnaburg school district near Canton, was hired March 2 to be the new assistant superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district.
Mr. Talbert has an extensive career in education. He began as a special education teacher at Glen Oak High School in 1996. He was then Assistant Principal at Woodridge Middle School in Peninsula, Ohio. Following Woodridge, Mr. Talbert spent two years as a House Leader for the Canton City School District’s Freshman Academy, and in 2004 he became the Principal of Maple Heights High School. Mr. Talbert then moved on to be Campus Principal at Canton McKinley High School. “I am extremely excited to be joining the CH-UH staff and teachers. The district stands out in Ohio for its progress in the classroom and its exceptional programming,” Mr. Talbert said.
The CH-UH school board hired Talbert effective Aug. 1, though he will work on a per-diem basis as available before then. CH-UH Superintendent Doug Heuer, quoted in a story by Ed Wittenberg in the Sun-Press, said:
As assistant superintendent, Mr. Talbert will be a crucial component of my administration. His experience as a teacher, coach and administrator will make him a valuable addition to the CH-UH school district.
Ted Wahl, president of Osnaburg Local School Board, was quoted in the East Canton Press-News:
Mr. Talbert has informed the Osnaburg Local School Board of his intent to accept another employment opportunity and therefore leave Osnaburg Local following the end of the school year. While the timing of this decision is not the best, myself and the school board do not wish to impede Mr. Talbert’s opportunity to better himself or to further his career. The short time that Mr. Talbert has been here, he has been a wonderful asset to this district and we wish him further success in the future.
Talbert talked about the move in the Canton Repository:
“I’ve always thought that [Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools ]were on the cutting edge of providing a 21st century education.”
For example, he said, the district has wireless access for all students and elementary students learn the Mandarin Chinese language. In that, Talbert said he sees an opportunity to grow as an educator, and as an administrator.
The CH-UH press release announcing Talbert’s hire can be found here.
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