PERRYSBURG – Ron Matter is leaving his position at Penta Career Center earlier than planned. He announced at Wednesday’s board meeting that he will be stepping down as superintendent on Dec. 31.
Ed Ewers, assistant superintendent, will take over Jan. 1.
Matter will stay on as a consultant through July 31 when he previously said he would retire.
“We have been extremely fortunate to have Ron Matter as superintendent,” said board President Judy Paredes. “(He) has brought recognition to Penta Career Center and career technical education along with the great opportunities we provide for students.”
His leadership has been exemplary, she said.
“It’s the right time and opportunity for this transition,” Matter said.
He said that long-term planning is coming up, along with hiring staff for the new year.
“This puts Ed in that position to make those recommendations to the board,” Matter said.
The board amended Matter’s contract, and Ewers’ to start Jan. 1.
For Jan. 1-July 31, Matter will be paid $70,000. The annual salary for Ewers will be $145,000.
“The board felt that (Ed) should be in his new position earlier because major hiring and other decisions for the next school year must be made in coming months,” Paredes said.
The change will allow Ewers to take the lead in key decisions while maintaining the experience of Matter in an advisory capacity, she added.
Matter succeeded Fred Susor as superintendent in 2009. He is the fifth superintendent, since the school opened in 1965, to serve as superintendent.
He joined the district in 2005 as assistant superintendent.
In 2015, he retired and then was rehired through July 31, 2018. The board then extended his contract for two more years with a new retirement date of July 31, 2020.
Ewers was named the new superintendent in March with a start date of Aug. 1, 2020. He joined Penta as assistant superintendent in January 2015.
A 1980 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Matter started his career as a business teacher and basketball coach in the Cincinnati area.
He received a master’s degree and certification in administration from the University of Dayton. He also worked in the Pandora-Gilboa Local School District before coming to Northwood Local Schools in 1991, first serving for five years as principal of Lark Elementary, then high school principal and then from 1998 to 2005 as superintendent.