Ned Lauver has been named the new director of operations for the Avon Lake City School District. He replaces Tom Barone, who accepted a director of operations position with the Hudson City School District in December. Lauver began working in the district this month and his contract runs through July 31, 2023.
Lauver comes to the district after serving for the past eight years as the assistant principal at Westlake High School. In 2018, he was named the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators Assistant Principal of the Year.
Prior to working in Westlake, he was the associate principal at Edgewood Middle School in Wooster for two years. His teaching career includes working at Wooster High School and Carrollton High School in Carrollton, Ohio. He has taught classes ranging from U.S. history, world studies and American government to honors American government and advanced placement U.S. government and politics. Lauver has also been a speech and debate coach.
“I am very happy to be serving the Avon Lake City Schools,” Lauver said. “As someone starting mid-year, I know that my role is to listen, learn and serve. I want to learn as much as I can over the next few months and be a good team member. I genuinely appreciate how welcoming everyone has been.”
Lauver looks forward to transitioning from building administrator to a central office role in a school district.
“This position will enable me to merge the business side of school administration with our primary focus and that is the kids,” he said. “We always strive to do what is in the best interest of students, while serving the larger school community.”
He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Baldwin Wallace University majoring in history and education, with minors in political science and theater. In 2009 he received his master’s in education from Baldwin Wallace. Lauver holds a superintendent’s license from Ashland University, as well as an educational doctorate in interdisciplinary leadership from Creighton University. His dissertation topic was “An Examination of Job Competencies and Motivation of High School Assistant Principals in Ohio Public Schools.”
“Avon Lake had an excellent search process in looking for our new director of operations,” said Superintendent Robert Scott. “Ned distinguished himself among a tremendous pool of candidates. I am very happy to have him as part of our team here at Avon Lake. Ned has hit the ground running and I look forward to working with him in the future as he maintains our outstanding facilities and programs, while looking at things with a fresh view as to how we can get better in the future.”
Lauver lives in Avon with his wife, Nikki, and their three sons, Julian, 9, and identical twins James and Ethan, 6.