The Groveport Madison Board of Education hasn't decided yet whether or how to conduct a search for a new superintendent, but it did proceed as expected last week and named John Hurd the district's interim superintendent.

Hurd will also continue his duties as deputy superintendent.

His appointment as interim head of the district will continue through July 31.

Former superintendent Bruce Hoover resigned unexpectedly Feb. 7 citing family considerations; his last day with the district was Feb. 9.

Jeff Warner, the district's marketing, communications and community relations officer, said the school board has not yet discussed additional compensation for Hurd.

Hurd has been Groveport Madison's deputy superintendent for nearly two years. Prior to that, he served as the district's director of student services, principal at Groveport Madison Middle School Central and assistant principal at Groveport Madison High School.

Being familiar with the district has helped him step into his new role, he said.

"As we move forward, obviously taking over the role of superintendent is going to be new challenges for myself and everyone around me, but I think the team is going to help me transition and support the district and we are going to go forward over the next six months and keep ourselves on track," he said.

He said he has already met with other administrators.

"We're going to meet as a cabinet and we're going to discuss the overall plan as we had it in place before Mr. Hoover's resignation," Hurd said. "Then we're going to put a plan moving forward that is best to fulfill the needs of the community and the students."

Hurd had no comment when asked if he would be a candidate for the superintendent's post on a permanent basis if a search were launched.

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