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Tiffin City Schools to hire James Grubbs as interim superintendent




Photo courtesy Galion City Schools

During the Tiffin City Board of Education’s special meeting Wednesday evening, board members unanimously agreed to hire James Grubbs as the new interim superintendent for Tiffin City Schools.

Grubbs most recently served as superintendent of Galion City Schools, a position he retired from at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Grubbs has a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in education administration from Ashland University, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He has also served as Director of Business Affairs for Pioneer Career and Technology Center in Shelby, Ohio.

Prior to getting into education, Grubbs was a tool and die maker at Cole Tool and Die for over 6 years, his LinkedIn profile states. He then became an adjunct instructor for the tool and die program at North Central State College in Mansfield before becoming an assistant principal at Mansfield City Schools.

The board appointed Robert Boes as the Tiffin City Schools interim superintendent in January this year after former Superintendent Gary Barber was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol (OVI) for the second time in three years.

Victor Perez, Tiffin City Board of Education president, said the board will continue a full search for the superintendent position “when it’s reasonably prudent to do so.”

The hiring of Grubbs is contingent on him accepting the terms of the board’s contract, Perez said.

Grubbs is to be paid a yearly base salary of $133,000, Perez said.

Board member Jeff Hoyda said there were multiple applicants for the position, but the board narrowed it down to two for interviews before deciding on Grubbs.

“We felt that Mister Grubbs’ past experiences and successes in a district with similar size to ours would line up very well, so we’re pleased to welcome Mister James Grubbs to our district as our interim superintendent,” board member Dr. Jeff Hoyda stated during the meeting.

Board member Dr. Meagan McBride said it was “really exciting to see the different candidates who came forward” for the position.

“Mister Grubbs just really rose to the top with really unique but also interesting skill sets that he can bring, and his really robust experiences both in education and in the professional field… Being able to have such a marriage of just excellent experiences to be able to bring to the district, I think he’s going to be a great addition for us,” McBride said.

Updates on the district’s plan for the upcoming school year amid the novel coronavirus pandemic are to be discussed at next week’s regular board meeting, Perez stated.