GNADENHUTTEN -- Midvale Elementary School Principal Ira Wentworth will become the new Indian Valley Local Superintendent come Jan. 1, 2013.

The decision was approved at the Indian Valley Local Board of Education meeting March 19.

Currently, the Indian Valley Superintendent position is filled by Robert Fogler, who came out of retirement to replace Roger Bond last year. Fogler had spent some 11 years in the district as an administrator, including six as superintendent from 1993 to 1999.

In February, the board of education granted Fogler a one-year contract. His current salary is $81,671 a year, with no fringe benefits.

Fogler's wife, Palmer, will retire this summer as superintendent of Carrollton Exempted Village Schools. Once they retire, they plan on spending more time with their grandchildren.

Meanwhile, Wentworth will spend a portion of his time during the fall of the 2012-2013 school year in the Central Office being mentored by Fogler.

Wentworth will also chair a committee to identify his future replacement as principal at Midvale Elementary School with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2013. If the new Midvale Principal can be found from within the ranks of current Indian Valley teachers, time will be given in the fall of the 2012-2013 school year to allow this person to serve in the additional role of Head Teacher at Midvale (mentored by Wentworth during this period).

It was noted that there will be no additional compensation for Wentworth during this time transitioning to the superintendency. There will also be no additional compensation for the new Midvale Principal during his/her time as Head Teacher.

The board of education had high praises for both Fogler for taking charge of the school district as well as Wentworth's position at the elementary school.