WINTERSVILLE - Mark Furda is looking forward to keeping the Indian Creek Local School District moving in the right direction.
Furda, a graduate of Wintersville High School, was appointed the district's new superintendent during Thursday's meeting of the Indian Creek board of education.
"I am grateful the board of education has the confidence and trust in me to lead the district," Furda said after the announcement.
NEW LEADER — Mark Furda was named Indian Creek Local School District superintendent at Thursday’s board meeting. Furda will take over the reigns Aug. 1 and replace Jene Watkins, who will retire on June 30.
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He will replace Jene Watkins, whose career spanned more than 30 years in education and whose retirement will become effective on June 30.
"I have been fortunate to work for Mr. Watkins for the past 10 years and have learned a great deal from him. He has generated a lot of successes while at Indian Creek, and I look forward to maintaining and building on the momentum he has created," Furda said.
"I also am indebted to my wife, Sherri, for supporting and encouraging me throughout my career," he said Friday morning.
The couple's children both attend Indian Creek High School. Daughter Chelsea is a senior while son Matt is a freshman.
Furda obtained his bachelor's degree in psychology from Slippery Rock University in 1987 and a degree in education from Ohio State University in 1990.
He taught social students from 1992 through 1997 at several area schools, including Edison, Mingo, Bellaire St. John and Southern Local.
He obtained his master's degree in educational administration in 1999 from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and was named principal at Indian Creek Junior High School in 2000.
In 2009, Furda attained his doctorate in educational leadership studies from West Virginia University and was named assistant superintendent of the district.
Furda said one of his big focuses will be on making improvements in technology throughout the district.
"Increasing technology in the classroom is a must and a need in the schools," he said. "I hope to improve the technology that is available and the frequency of the staff and student usage."
Furda will finish his term as assistant superintendent July 1 and serve as interim superintendent from July 1 through July 31. He will take over his role as superintendent Aug. 1.
"The district has been steady through the years, and I hope to see continued success as well as build success," he said. "We will keep working on building relationships with the community, students and families."
Daniel Bove, president of the school board, said Friday he believes the district picked the perfect man for the job.
"I think we definitely made the right choice," he said. "He is a graduate of Wintersville High School and has worked in the district for many years both as a teacher and an administrator. He knows the district and is the perfect fit for this position. We are all looking forward to working with him."
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