2 districts get new leaders

Two Trumbull County school districts hired new leaders Thursday evening.

The Hubbard Board of Education named Raymond Soloman as its new superintendent on a three-year contract at $90,000 a year, and the Lordstown Board of Education named Terry Armstrong as its new superintendent, also on a three-year contract, at $80,000 a year. Both men will start their new posts on Aug. 1.

Soloman, the principal at Hubbard Elementary School, is replacing Richard Buchenic, who is retiring this summer after 45 years in education, including the last 10 as Hubbard’s superintendent.

Soloman said he wanted to thank the board, faculty and administration ”for having faith in me to lead our district in the continued success of our excellence in academics, goal achievement, Leading the Way and extracurricular, all while maintaining a safe school environment and collaborating as a team.

”This will enable me to work on a broader level of making decisions, which will ultimately impact all students the staff and community of Hubbard,” Soloman said.

Hubbard board President Don Newell said Soloman was selected from 14 applicants, eight of whom were interviewed. He said Soloman was selected for his knowledge of the district, where he was worked most of his career.

Soloman, a Hubbard graduate, served eight years as Hubbard Elementary principal, three years as an assistant principal and one year as a teacher. He also taught three years in Champion schools. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Youngstown State University and master’s degree from Westminster College in principal and superintendent administration.

In Lordstown, Armstrong, who is a teacher with Windham Schools, was among three candidates interviewed Wednesday by the board before the selection.

Armstrong will be replacing William Pfahler, who is retiring this summer after having served as superintendent in Lordstown and previously in Southington schools.

Lordstown Board President Roberta Hiller said Armstrong was selected from 14 applicants.

”The board is very excited about our selection and value the opportunity to work with (Armstrong) to make Lordstown schools the best they have ever been,” she said.

Hiller said Armstrong was selected for his strong financial background, leadership skills, and strong personal commitment to Lordstown community and schools.

Armstrong, a LaBrae graduate, is familiar with Lordstown schools, having served as a teacher and high school principal there. He also was a teacher at LaBrae schools, Trumbull Career and Technical Center and John F. Kennedy High School.

He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University and his master’s degree in administration from University of Cincinnati.

Armstrong also holds a school treasurer’s license to help the district with finances. Hiller said the new superintendent will help with reducing the current deficit.

”I am excited to be back at Lordstown where I have worked half of my career. I can’t wait to get started. I have enjoyed my time here working with the staff, students and community,” Armstrong said.

School officials noted they will be looking to have a school district with one superintendent and one principal. Lordstown has two school buildings, which now each have a principal.