Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district names Nylajean McDaniel as new superintendent

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio - Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education announced a change in leadership on the school district's website early this week.

Douglas Heuer will step down from his position as superintendent of the school district on June 30. He will be replaced with Nylajean McDaniel, who currently serves as the district's director of human resources.

Heuer was offered a contract that would extend his appointment as superintendent through 2015. He declined the offer and informed the board his desire to move into other areas of educational administration.

Heuer's work with the district will continue into the new school year; He will lead an effort in the upcoming year to help the district implement the state's new standards-based evaluation system for teachers and principals.

"This marks the beginnings of a new era for our district and we are grateful for Doug Heuer's leadership as superintendent," said CHUH Board President Ron Register. "Fortunately, we have another experienced and expert leader who we are naming as superintendent to build on what Dough has accomplished. Dr. McDaniel lives in the district and has provided outstanding leadership and guidance as our director of human resources for the last eight years."

McDaniel's previous experience includes work as superintendent of the Fairview Park School District for six years where she received the Ohio PTA Award as Superintendent of the Year.

"We are extremely pleased that Dr. McDaniel has agreed to accept the position of superintendent until the end of this upcoming school year. We gladly interrupted her previous plans to retire at the end of this month in order to help the district transition to new leadership," Register said during a special public board meeting last month.

"The Board can continue to move forward with an experienced team of administrators for the next year and, at the same time, execute an extensive search for a new long-term superintendent. Meanwhile, we are confident Dr. McDaniel will continue to provide us with stability and sound leadership."  

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