Kevin Jakub was hired Tuesday as principal of Buckeye High School, effective Aug. 1.
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YORK TWP. — With summer break waning, the Buckeye school board can cross an important item off its back-to-school list.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the board announced its decision to hire Kevin Jakub, principal at Independence Middle School, effective Aug. 1. He succeeds Gabe Tudor, who was hired as assistant superintendent for Wadsworth Schools.
Jakub, 38, of Brunswick, has been an educator for 16 years.
“Last Saturday, I met with Mr. (Superintendent Kent) Morgan and we sat down and talked about the position, and then he formally offered me the job at that time,” Jakub said after the board meeting.
“I started my career at the Parma City Schools where I was a social studies teacher and an assistant principal. I spent six years at Bay Village and then the past three in Independence,” he said.
He said most of his administrative experience has been at the middle-school level.
“I’ve wanted to come back to the high-school level. I’ve spent the last several years at the middle-school level, but the high school level to me is really, you know, what I desire to do with the activity, the excitement of students. And putting the finishing touches on them as they prepare for careers and college is a great honor and challenge that I wanted to take,” Jakub said.
“Coming to a great place like Buckeye, where the community is so passionate about their kids and their education, is a great fit for me because I feel the same way and want to provide a first-class education for the kids.”
Jakub’s contract is for two years and he will earn $118,000 annually.
“The most important thing for me at this point in time is getting to learn the community and getting to meet the staff members and, most importantly, getting to meet students,” he said.