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|05-03-03: Hoffman accepts new job
|By TIMOTHY COX
The Daily Standard
COLDWATER - Coldwater Exempted Village Schools Superintendent Eric
Hoffman plans to leave the district to accept a similar position at Ridgedale Local
Schools in Marion County.
Hoffman told The Daily Standard he was contacted Thursday morning by
Ridgedale officials, who informed him they plan to recommend the school board hire him at
its May 15 meeting to replace retiring Superintendent Jacqueline Campbell. Hoffman said he
would accept the offer if he and the Ridgedale school board can come to financial terms.
Hoffman was selected as the man for the job over two other finalists,
including a Ridgedale principal.
The Ridgedale district is in Morral, close to Hoffman's hometown of
Richwood, where he worked as principal of North Union High School before coming to
Coldwater three-and-a-half years ago.
"That's where my roots are. That had something to do with the
decision," Hoffman said. "I have mixed emotions about leaving Coldwater."
The Ridgedale district has 1,023 students. Hoffman said it compares
favorably in size to Marion Local Schools and said the system also can be compared with
the academic standards found in local districts.
"It's a lot like this community in that they're doing the right
things," Hoffman said.
Ridgedale administration officials would not confirm Hoffman's pending
appointment Friday afternoon, deferring comment to the school board. Board Vice President
Tom Johnston, who has led the district's superintendent search, could not be reached for
Coldwater school board President Jerry Meyer was aware of Hoffman's
decision, but did not return a message left at his office seeking comment.
Hoffman makes about $83,500 in his current position, his first job as a
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