The Marysville Board of Education agreed July 26 to hire Andrew Culp as the district's new assistant superintendent.

The Marysville Board of Education agreed July 26 to hire Andrew Culp as the district's new assistant superintendent.

Culp is currently principal at New Albany Middle School. He started as a second-grade teacher with the New Albany-Plain Local School District in 1997, and also served as a guidance counselor and assistant principal over his 15 years with the district.

"He is a huge talent and addition to our district," Marysville Superintendent Diane Mankins said. "He is strong with collaboration and is very well-regarded. Teachers love him.

"I'm excited for what he will bring to our table as well as his knowledge and understanding of planning," she added.

Mankins and board President Jeff Mabee both noted that Culp is known for his strength and understanding of curriculum and instruction.

Culp will be paid $101,000 a year. Treasurer Cindy Ritter said his benefits include the same insurance packages as other administrators as well as full Medicare and State Teachers Retirement System payments, which total $36,160 a year.

"His salary will be paid for as a replacement of somebody else with Greg Stubbs retiring," Mabee said.

Culp said while he will still live in Columbus with his wife, Debbie, and three young sons, he is excited about working in Marysville.

"Marysville has a proven track record with an excellent with distinction rating but not only that, it's an amazing community," he said. "Every person that I've talked to and every person that I met is really committed to the schools as a focal point of the community and really committed to students first.

"Strategic planning and forecasting is important to the district, so I want to be part of that and I want to be part of putting kids first, no matter what," he said.

Culp earned a degree in political science in 1994 from Miami University. In 1997, he earned a Masters of Education degree from the Ohio State University. He is currently working on a doctorate in educational administration at Ohio University.

"I have a very long list for him to get started on," Mankins said with a laugh.

"The first thing I'd like to do is meet as many staff members as I can and get to know what they perceive to be the strengths and the challenges in the district," Culp said.

His start date with Marysville schools has not yet been determined but he said he plans to be in place before classes start on Aug. 21.