News - Avon Lake City Schools name Joelle Magyar as next Superintendent

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AVON LAKE, Ohio -- The Avon Lake City Schools Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously tonight (Monday, March 27) to award a five-year administrative contract to Joelle Magyar to become the district’s next superintendent. The contract begins Aug. 1, 2023. Magyar succeeds Bob Scott, who is set to retire at the end of the current school year after serving in the district for the past 18 years.

She is currently serving as superintendent for the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District, a position she has held since 2016. Previously, Magyar was the assistant superintendent for the Mayfield City Schools (2013-2016), and the assistant superintendent for the Brunswick City Schools (2010-2013). She has also held principal (Huntington and Elm Street elementary schools) and director of student services positions within the Painesville City Schools. She began her education career as an elementary school teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (John Raper and Corlett elementary schools), as well as teaching at the Hebrew Academy in Cleveland Heights.

“In Avon Lake, we pride ourselves on offering excellent opportunities for our students to learn and grow,” said Jim Stobe, Avon Lake City Schools BOE president. “Joelle will not only continue to foster those opportunities for student success, but she also brings a strong ability to support, engage and work with teachers and staff.”

Stobe also noted the Board of Education was impressed by Magyar's “student-centered focus and specifically how she has worked to develop ways to give students a voice and access to open feedback loops which includes implementing a student ambassador program for students in grades 4-12.”

“Joelle also comes to Avon Lake with more than 10 years of experience within superintendent/district central office roles, which will be an asset as she works with all departments throughout our school district,” he said. 

Magyar will be taking over as superintendent during a pivotal time in the Avon Lake City Schools as the district’s Building A Legacy campaign gains additional momentum heading into the fall election season when the district will be placing a bond issue on the ballot in November for the construction of two new elementary schools, a middle school, and renovations to the high school.

“Joelle has extensive building and facilities experience, having actively contributed to and/or led four large projects including bond campaigns, design, construction, and seeing projects through to completion,” said Stobe. “She has been recognized for her excellent communication skills, and her ability to connect and engage multiple audiences and perspectives. We look forward to her leading our district and continuing to build our strong legacy.” 

Magyar holds a Master of Education Administration degree and superintendent licensure from Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Baldwin Wallace University. 

“I am honored and thrilled to be the next superintendent of the Avon Lake City Schools,” said Magyar. “I look forward to becoming part of the Avon Lake family and continuing the tradition of excellence for our students and community.” 

Scott looks forward to working with Magyar during the superintendent transition.

“I want to congratulate Joelle on becoming the next superintendent of the Avon Lake City Schools,” he said.  “The Avon Lake City Schools Board of Education went through a tremendous/rigorous process in this superintendent search and Joelle is an outstanding educator who will be the leader that Avon Lake needs to continue its legacy of offering an outstanding education to all students.”

Magyar resides in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland with her husband, Chris. She has two adult sons, Nick and daughter-in-law Laura were recently married this past November; and youngest son Drew (girlfriend Kayla). She has a puppy (part lab and pit) named Marshall, the family recently rescued from the APL back in October. She plans to move to Avon Lake.