LEETONIA - A local school superintendent has been recognized by the Northeast Region of the Ohio School Board Association.
Leetonia Superintendent Rob Mehno earlier this month was honored with an Outstanding Superintendent Award by the NEOSBA during its annual Outstanding Administrator Recognition at its fall conference in Wadsworth. One of just three superintendents in the region to be recognized, Mehno was the only one from Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties.
"It's an honor to represent the school, but [the honor] is only possible because of team work," Mehno said, acknowledging the school board, community, students and staff.
According to school board President John Rydarowicz, he nominated Mehno after being made aware of the award in September. He said he wrote an essay detailing why Mehno deserved the recognition.
"It's simple: he deserves it because of what he's done," Rydarowicz said. "when he came on board, we (school board) were having large meetings about deficit spending, going through superintendents like a sieve. He came in and committed to the district and, without RIFing (reduction in force of staff), has kept us out of deficit spending.
"He deserves recognition for keeping us afloat and making Leetonia [schools] a priority, which he has done admirably."
Mehno said his love for the Leetonia school and community has made his hard work easy to accept.
"I feel privileged because I wake up every morning excited to go to work," he said. "Not a lot of people can say that."