Siddens’ selection comes after a month-plus of turmoil.
DeMaria announced July 1 that he would retire as state superintendent in September, after five-plus years in the job. On July 13, after a strained debate, the state board named Deputy Superintendent John Richard to fill the interim superintendent role once DeMaria left.
But then on Aug. 10, Richard told the board he was resigning from ODE to become president of the Stark Education Partnership near Canton. As part of their resolution Monday, the state board rescinded Richard’s hiring as interim superintendent.
For the time Siddens spends as interim superintendent, her pay will be increased from $132,600 to $202,321.