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Board Names Ann Schloss Superintendent

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, during a special meeting, the Elyria Board of Education named Ann Schloss the new superintendent of Elyria Schools.

Schloss, who has served as associate superintendent since 2017, replaces Dr. Thomas Jama, who is leaving the position for medical reasons. Jama has been reassigned to the title of Assistant Superintendent.

Schloss is a 25-year veteran educator who has served her entire career in Elyria Schools, much of it as director of academic services.

Under Schloss’ leadership in that department, Elyria Schools earned recognition as a model district in the state, receiving attention locally, regionally and statewide for innovative programs, curriculum options and teaching strategies that enrich classroom learning and give Elyria students a wealth of opportunities to succeed at all levels. 

Schloss has also been highly instrumental in the development of planning and construction details for the district’s new master plan, which calls for five new facilities, including three campus sites serving elementary and middle school and two elementary schools.

“We’ve seen Ann flourish in leadership roles and bring the expertise that sets Elyria apart from other districts,” Elyria Schools Board President Greg Elek said. “What Ann brings as a person and as a professional is a wealth of experience and talent. She is a tremendous asset to the district—we’re confident in placing her at the helm.”

Elek said he has been fortunate to work with great superintendents at Elyria Schools, including outgoing Superintendent Tom Jama and former Superintendent Paul Rigda, who has served as a consultant on the district’s construction projects. 

“Tom Jama is leaving his mark on this district as an exceptional leader who spearheaded the campaign to replace Elyria’s elementary and middle schools with brand-new facilities, as well as overseeing the progress of the new athletic complex that replaced the historic Ely Stadium,” Elek said. “Tom, Ann and Paul have worked closely together over the last four years. I’ve been repeatedly impressed with how they’ve worked together to do what’s best for Elyria’s students.”

Jama will remain available to Elyria Schools in an assistant capacity through the remainder of 2019.

Schloss assumes the job immediately. Her new contract runs through July 31, 2021.