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Michael Hartenstein Chosen for North Canton Superintendent Position

Hartenstein is the chief operating officer at Parma City Schools

Michael Hartenstein, chief operating officer at Parma City Schools, is expected to be the next superintendent of North Canton City Schools, replacing Michael Gallina.

The North Canton Board of Education expects to employ Michael Hartenstein as the new superintendent at a special board meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Hartenstein has an extensive background in education management, technology, information systems and business operations, according to a news release issued by the school board today. Before joining the Parma Schools, he worked for the Ohio Department of Education, IBM and Butler County Schools in Hamilton, Ohio.

Hartenstein indicated the new provides an opportunity for collaboration within the buildings and more efficient use of professional development. He believes leveraging this model will afford North Canton students new and unique educational options.

Board President Dr. Nancy Marion said the Board is excited to employ Hartenstein as Superintendent. 

“Michael will be an excellent addition to the North Canton community," she said in the news release. "I am sure he will be successful in leading the schools in the next few years and maintaining the tradition of excellence in education we expect for our children.”

Hartenstein, an avid outdoor person who enjoys hiking, biking, running and swimming, plans on being highly visible and involved in the community. He is eager to begin his tenure in North Canton.

Julie May 28, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Ok....I'm North Canton resident....I WILL be electing all new school board members...this man is too old. We need someone younger to STAY with schools....bad move board.....
Julie May 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Board....did you not look at the resumes????? Consistency is what made Gallina so good. We need young blood....
Jeanne Leed May 29, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Even though Mike Gallina was full of energy, he is not all that young. I think this man sounds like he has the experience needed to guide our district. I am willing to at least give him a chance rather than start off with a negative attitude.
Katie Miller May 29, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I completely trust our Board. Most Superintendents only sign a 3 -5 year contract. This guy has an intelligent resume. I bet Parma is sad. We are so lucky!!! Let's WELCOME him with positivity and class.
Holly Pierpont May 29, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I'm certain a lot went into this search, and based on his resume I think we are making a great choice! A young person doesn't possess this kind of experience! Thank you BOE members for the efforts made during this search. Welcome to North Canton Mr. H!
Tam Ramsey May 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I am excited to see the resume of our new leader. Change is always hard and when someone we love, as we have Mr. Gallina, moves on we will miss them but I think this guy sounds like he's ready to lead and has the experience to unify our board. May God bless and guide us, and him, in the years to come! Welcome Mr. Hartenstein!
Mary Jane Stryker May 29, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I feel that we need to trust our Boards' decision. Let's be positive and welcome the change!
Milky Pirate May 29, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Too old? What an ignorant comment. Age = experience, especially in Mr. Hartenstein's case. NCCS needs experience right now more than they need youthful vigor.
Milky Pirate May 29, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I like how you call someone else's comment ridiculous right before you make your own ridiculous comment. Common sense says there should be just one assistant principal? I would argue that three is too few, you clearly have no idea what they are tasked with in terms of workload. You realize that there are nearly 1800 kids in the high school alone right? If 1 principal and 1 assistant principal only handled detentions they would still be booked solid 10 hours a day, not too mention all of their other responsibilities.
Ann Marie May 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Another brainwashed individual, or maybe school employee? Just giving my opinion.
Red Rover May 29, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Why don't you go ahead and apply for an assistant principal's job Ann Marie and try and do all your duties assigned to you as well as discipline 1800 students. I'm sure they couldn't pay YOU enough to take that type of job. Give me a break.
Ann Marie May 29, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I did not know students were so out of control at North Canton City Schools. Perhaps a few full time heavily armed security guards would be in order.
Red Rover May 29, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Do you know how mischievous kids are now-a-days? Ok, then who would you expect to pay for those?
Red Rover May 29, 2012 at 07:11 PM
You are really ignorant if you have no idea how many detentions, suspensions, and basic calling of parents is done on any given day. On top of all of that, that is just one piece of their daily duties. As a taxpayer, I know that all the work and success of students doesn't get done by students alone.
Eileen Nielson August 19, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Canton has gotten a good one in Hartenstein. The man has boundless energy, determination, and vision. He will get things done and done well. Will miss him here in Parma.

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