Jarred T. Zapolnik, a 1999 graduate of Steubenville High School, has been hired as principal at Massillon Intermediate School.
Zapolnik was the campus principal at Alliance Middle School in Alliance, where he served for two years.
"Jarred is an experienced principal and educator who has demonstrated strong leadership skills in his previous school districts," said Richard Goodright, Massillon City Schools superintendent. "What made him stand out above the other applicants for the position was his passion for creating an inviting atmosphere for students and staff, while also concentrating on student performance. That combination is critical."
Zapolnik began his career as a social studies teacher at East Canton High School, where he was named Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2005. He taught there for five years before moving into school administration in the Canton City School district.
Zapolnik earned his secondary education degree in adolescent young adult education in integrated social studies from Walsh University and his master's degree in education administration and leadership from the University of Akron. He is completing his superintendent licensure work at Ashland University.
"I have heard good things about Massillon City Schools, and I can't wait to become a part of this innovative team," said Zapolnik. "Education is scrutinized like no other venue in our community. Massillon is undaunted, choosing to embrace those challenges and improve continuously in that environment. I am thrilled to join them."
MINIMUM IKEA: Ikea's U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition.
The roughly 17 percent average raise is the Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture chain's biggest in 10 years in the U.S.
The pay increase will take effect Jan. 1. It will translate to an average wage of $10.76 an hour, a $1.59 increase from the previous $9.17.
About half of Ikea's 11,000 hourly store workers will get a raise. How much will vary based on the cost of living in each store location.
Ikea, which has cultivated a reputation for fair treatment of its workers, evaluates its benefits plans every year and had always adjusted wages based on its competition.
From staff and wire reports