FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TALLMADGE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES THE RETIREMENT OF SUPERINTENDENT JEFF FERGUSON
TALLMADGE, OH 12/16/2020 – Today, the Tallmadge City School District announced the retirement of Superintendent Jeff Ferguson, effective Feb. 1, 2020. Steve Wood, chief operations officer for the district, will be the new superintendent.
“It has been an honor to serve the residents, families and students of Tallmadge these past 15 years,” said Jeff Ferguson, Tallmadge City School District superintendent. “I am thankful to have had this opportunity to work with terrific teachers, administrators, staff members, students, community members and partners. While I will miss Tallmadge, I am looking forward to the new adventures retirement offers.”
With a career in education that spans 34 years, Ferguson has spent the past 26 years with the Tallmadge City School District. A dedicated educator, Ferguson started his career with Tallmadge as an English teacher and head football coach. From there, he spent the past 15 years serving as one of the most well-respected superintendents in district history. While his leadership will be missed, there was much thought that went into selecting his replacement, Steve Wood.
The school board completed a thorough process to determine the best plan given Tallmadge’s present opportunities and challenges. A priority was stable leadership and an orderly transition during the present COVID-19 pandemic. As the process unfolded, the school board and Mr. Ferguson knew that Steve Wood was the best choice to take over the role of superintendent.
Ferguson will remain with the district as superintendent until Feb. 1 to ensure the second semester is launched successfully in the complex COVID-19 environment. After his retirement date, Ferguson will stay in an advisory/operational role until the end of the second semester to assist in the transition period.
“We are grateful for Jeff Ferguson’s many years of excellent service as superintendent and are pleased that he will continue to work with us during the transition period,” said Rick Kellar, school board president. “As we look forward, Tallmadge City Schools has a great opportunity in selecting Steve for the next superintendent. Steve is an exceptional individual that really understands Tallmadge and the mission of the school district. He has been a driving force in many of our district’s successes over the past ten years and he has earned the trust of the staff and community. To have Steve transition into the superintendent’s seat with the support of Jeff Ferguson, is a recipe for success in an otherwise uncertain time.”
Wood is the son of two former high school teachers and was an elected school board member while living in New Jersey. A passion for education brought him to Tallmadge City Schools 10 years ago after a successful 20-year corporate career in business and engineering management. He will work to build on the significant progress the district has made the past several years.
“It is an honor to be the next Tallmadge City School District superintendent,” said Steve Wood, current Tallmadge City Schools chief operations officer. “It has been a pleasure to work alongside such amazing people at Tallmadge these past ten years. I look forward to continuing our great work together for the benefit of the students and families of Tallmadge.”