Boardman School Board hires 2 new principals for the district

The school board voted unanimously to replace two retired principals

Left: Mark Zura, Right: Mike Masucci
Courtesy: Boardman Schools

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Local Boardman schools will welcome two new principals to their district this summer.

The school board voted unanimously Monday night to hire Mark Zura as the next principal of Boardman High School and Mike Masucci as the next principal of Boardman Center Intermediate School.

Zura will replace Cindy Fernback, who will retire after 32 years with local Boardman Schools on June 30. Zura’s three-year contract begins July 1.

Zura has over 20 years of education experience, half of which with Boardman.

The West Branch native served as an intervention specialist, teaching math at Boardman High School, and later became deputy principal of the high school and director of student services at Boardman.

He left in 2019 to take up the post of director of student services in local schools in Poland.

“I have watched Mr. Zura become an exceptional leader in his nine years as a Boardman staff member and I was saddened to see him leave in 2019,” said Superintendent Tim Saxton. “He returns to Boardman with even greater leadership skills and wisdom after serving local schools in Poland. Boardman High School is in good hands with Mr. Zura at the helm.

“I recently returned to campus to watch Project Mayhem rehearse for their concert last weekend and just felt a sense of pride,” Zura said. “So many Spartan teachers, staff and administrators continue to have a great impact on me. I am delighted to return to a position where I can get to know and work closely with students, parents and staff with the goal of building strong relationships and trust.

Masucci will replace Randy Ebie, who will retire after 34 years in the district on June 30. Masucci’s three-year contract begins August 1.

Masucci, a Boardman alumni class of 1989, has been the Elementary School Principal of Local Schools in Poland since 2002. He began his 27 years in education as a head teacher at Boardman’s West Boulevard.

“Mr. Masucci brings decades of proven success and dedication to its staff and students to Boardman Center Intermediate School,” said Saxton. “After several years of change at our middle school, we are delighted that the staff and BCIS families learn about Mr. Masucci’s exceptional leadership and passion.

“At 50, I decided to take a leap. The role of Director of the Intermediate Center is an incredible opportunity and I can’t wait to get started, ”said Masucci. “I am honored to join such a great team and look forward to creating a warm and friendly environment where everyone feels welcomed and appreciated. Go Spartans!

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