By Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Madison Board of Education named district Deputy Superintendent John Hurd to serve as interim superintendent.
Hurd replaces former superintendent Bruce Hoover, who resigned for personal reasons effective Feb. 9.
Hurd began serving as interim superintendent Feb. 12 and could remain in the position for a period of time not to extend beyond July 31.
Groveport Madison Communications Director Jeff Warner said Hurd’s salary as interim superintendent has not been finalized. Warner also stated the search method to be used to find a permanent superintendent has not yet been determined.
Hurd has been with Groveport Madison Schools since 2010. He served two and a half years as assistant principal at Groveport Madison High School, two years as principal of Middle School Central, two years as director of student services, and was promoted to deputy superintendent in 2016.
For the time being, Hurd will fulfill both the roles of superintendent and deputy superintendent for the district.
Hurd said his years of experience at Groveport Madison have made him knowledgeable of, and familiar with, “the needs and practices of the district.”
When asked if he will seek the superintendent job on a permanent basis, Hurd declined to comment on that matter at this time.
In his resignation letter, Hoover spoke highly of Hurd, writing, “Under Mr. Hurd’s leadership I believe that Groveport’s best years are ahead…”