WEST LAFAYETTE -- Mapleton Local School District Superintendent John Marks has been named the new superintendent of the Ridgewood Local School District in West Lafayette. He was officially hired May 17 by the Ridgewood Local Board of Education.

Marks has been the superintendent of the Mapleton Local School District, which is located in Alliance, for the past six years.

He is still employed with the Mapleton school district and will remain committed to them through July 30.

Marks wanted to make the change in school districts because Ridgewood is closer to his home in Dover.

He is also familiar with the Ridgewood school district after 42 years in education.