The Board of Education made its superintendent choice official this week, approving a contract with Todd Hoadley.

The Board of Education made its superintendent choice official this week, approving a contract with Todd Hoadley.

During the March 11 board of education meeting, a five-year contract with Hoadley was approved, drawing the current superintendent of Olmsted Falls City School District to Dublin.

Hoadley was chosen from 14 other candidates, including two from within the district.

Board president Chris Valentine said Hoadley's experience distinguished him from other candidates.

"He is an experienced, innovative superintendent," he said. "His work in Olmsted Falls speaks to this."

Board member Stu Harris agreed.

"It was a very difficult task to pick from so many excellent candidates," he said, noting Hoadley brings "vision and experience and innovation to take our district another 10 years in the style of (current Superintendent) Dr. (David) Axner."

Hoadley's innovative style comes from programs he instituted during his nine years at Olmsted Falls, Harris said, including the use of Six Sigma management techniques.

"It's very popular at major corporations and has some successful implications in public education as well," he said. "It has ways to bring thoughtful efficiency."

With several superintendent positions open throughout central Ohio, Hoadley said Dublin was the only district he applied to.

"This was by far the best opportunity for Todd Hoadley and the Hoadley family and my career," he said.

Upon moving to northeast Ohio, Hoadley said he realized Axner was among the best and following him to Dublin City Schools was an easy choice.

"I did not look at any other opportunity," he said.

Hoadley received a five-year contract with an annual salary of $163,000.

The contract also includes incentive pay at 2 percent of base pay for each performance goal reached, although no more than four goals are included. Longevity pay of $500 each year of the contract was included.

The district will also pay 85 percent of Hoadley's medical, dental and vision insurance at $20,419, as well as Medicare and retirement payments to STRS.

Hoadley's contract includes $150 per month for technology, $400 per month for auto expenses and a moving reimbursement of up to $12,000.

Hoadley will also received 30 days of vacation, five personal days and 15 sick days each year.

Hoadley will provide consulting services starting March 13 and will take the reins of Dublin City Schools as superintendent Aug. 1, the contract said.

Axner is leaving the district to be associate executive director of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators.