The next superintendent at Bryan City Schools has been selected. Mark Rairigh, who currently serves as the district’s director of secondary education, has been informally chosen by the administration to take on the role.
Pending board approval, Rairigh will officially begin his duties on Aug. 1, when current Superintendent Diana Savage will have her title changed to assistant to the superintendent.
Savage will serve in that role until Dec. 31, when her retirement takes effect.
A release from BCS indicates Rairigh’s hire will be formally confirmed at its next school board meeting, on Monday. At that time, Rairigh will assume the title of assistant to the superintendent until Aug. 1.
“I’m very humbled and thankful to be presented with this opportunity,” Rairigh said.
Rairigh promises a student-oriented approach.
“We want to connect our students to as many opportunities as possible. We have amazing things here happening in our backyard in Bryan and Williams County,” said Rairigh. “The more we connect them to those opportunities, that’s only going to lead to more positive outcomes for students.”
Bryan City Schools Board of Education President Deb Opdycke commented on the selection.
“Following a thorough search and interviews, we are pleased that Mr. Rairigh has accepted our offer to become the next leader of Bryan City Schools,” said Opdycke in a prepared release. “We share in Mark’s enthusiasm for our district and look forward to partnering with him as we build community engagement. We have no doubt he will foster a culture that benefits our students and staff.”
Rairigh returned that thanks to the board, Savage and to district Treasurer/CFO Kevin Schafer, indicating he’s excited and thankful to work with the team on rolling out a shared vision.
“As CFO, I also am excited to join with Mr. Rairigh as we look to the future of Bryan City Schools,” said Schafer. “My experience with Mr. Rairigh in the past year has shown what a strong and dynamic leader he is. I’m looking forward to joining him in making his vision for Bryan a reality.”
According to BCS, 15 candidates from across the state were evaluated with the aid of the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center.
Rairigh is a 2003 Anthony Wayne High School graduate who received his bachelor’s degree in teacher education from Adrian College in 2007, then his master’s in educational administration and supervision from Bowling Green State University in 2012, where he also attained his superintendent’s license in 2017.
Rairigh completed his student teaching in the fall of 2007 at Bedford Junior High School, before serving as a substitute from 2007-08.
He served as a physical education teacher at Perrysburg High School for one year and Crestwood Elementary for two years.
In 2011, he took on the role of assistant athletic director at Bedford, before taking over as interim and substitute assistant principal in 2012. From there, he transitioned to the role of science and physical education teacher from 2010-13. He took on multiple coaching positions through that time period.
Rairigh came to Bryan in 2013, holding the role of high school principal until 2015, when he took on his current role as director of secondary education.
“In my teaching days, I found a passion for the administrative side of education,” Rairigh said. “As I followed those passions, it led me here to Bryan and those passions have only continued to grow.
“As an administrator, you find new ways to be able to serve students and the community and it really brings a lot of joy and happiness when you find new ways to connect and to bring success.”