Tiffin, Ohio — The newly-hired superintendent of Tiffin City Schools was arrested and charged this week after allegedly getting into a physical altercation with his wife and two stepdaughters last month.
According to court records, 48-year-old Van McWreath, of Cortland, turned himself into Trumbull County Central District Court on Wednesday.
McWreath pleaded not guilty to three counts of unlawful restraint, a third-degree misdemeanor, and was released on a $750 bond. He was also ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victims, according to court records.
McWreath previously served as principal of Harvey High School in Painesville. The Painesville City Local Schools district released a statement: “Mr. McWreath has been placed on administrative leave pending investigation. Having previously resigned his position effective at the start of the 2021-22 school year, he is no longer an employee of the district when his contract expires on July 31.”
McWreath was offered the TCS superintendent position with a $139,000 annual salary at an April meeting of the Tiffin City Board of Education.
On Friday, the Tiffin City Board of Education released a statement regarding McWreath’s arrest.
“The Tiffin City Board of Education is aware of the recent charges against Mr. McWreath that have arisen as a result of issues he is experiencing in his personal life. We met with Mr. McWreath who has been forthcoming about the problems that he is working to resolve. The Board has been consulting with legal counsel to ensure that it is acting both in compliance with law and in the best interest of the District. At this time the situation is being closely monitored as it progresses,” the board wrote in a statement published on the Tiffin City Schools website.
The school board worked with the Ohio School Board Association to find a pool of candidates for the position, which was left vacant after former superintendent Gary Barber resigned following his second OVI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated) arrest in a span of three years.
Robert Boes, who currently serves as assistant superintendent for TCS, previously served as interim superintendent following Barber’s resignation in January 2020.
In June 2020, the district brought in former Galion City Schools superintendent James Grubbs to take the position of interim superintendent until a permanent replacement was found.
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled in McWreath’s case for August 9 at 11:30 a.m. in Trumbull County Central District Court.
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