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Brunswick athletic director heading back to classroom

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    Pietro Demonte

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Brunswick High School’s athletic director is resigning to take a teaching position at the middle-school level. The school board approved the move Tuesday night.

Pietro Demonte will finish his administrative duties July 31 when his three-year contract ends.

His reassignment as physical education teacher at Willetts Middle School takes effect Aug. 1. The board approved a one-year contract with an annual salary of approximately $70,000 for Demonte.

Demonte, 42, has been athletic director since 2008. His salary was approximately $100,000.

Prior to his administrative position, he served as ninth-grade assistant principal for two years (2006-08) and in a similar position at the 11th-grade level from 2004 to 2006.

After 13 years in an administrative position, Demonte said, “I decided I didn’t want to be in administration anymore.

“I’m burned out,” he said. “You get to a point in your life where you have to make a decision: Do I continue to be addicted to my work, or do I go back doing what I enjoy doing, which is teaching, and still have a life to do other things.”

Demonte said his job often was demanding with frequent evening and weekend hours in order to manage and support 26 athletic teams and fulfill administrative duties for student-athletes as an assistant principal at the high school.

“It’s time for me to look at my life a little and do some things for myself … like start a family,” he said. “When you’re a single (unmarried) administrator, you’re at everything.”

He said it was an opportune time to take a teaching position as his administrative contract was set to expire and there was an opening for a physical education teacher next school year.

“I absolutely love the kids and the school. Everything is great. But, in the end, it’s time to move on,” Demonte said. “I’m looking forward to getting back in the role that I started in.”

“This will be a refreshing change for him,” Superintendent Mike Mayell said. “Mr. Demonte is really excited about his new position. He said he needed change and we wanted to make sure he was set on it before making the decision. He’s already started talking about some of the things he wants to do” as a physical education teacher.

Demonte began his teaching career at Strongsville Schools as an elementary health and physical education teacher, where he also coached soccer. He was at Strongsville for five years before coming to Brunswick.

Demonte said he is looking into picking up coaching positions on the side.

“I don’t know where that’s going to take me. … I’m just going year by year,” he said. “Maybe I’ll just be a teacher for the next 17 years.”

The North Royalton native is a 1993 graduate of North Royalton High School. He pursued a bachelor’s degree in physical education at Baldwin Wallace College, where he also played soccer.

Mayell said the district will post the job opening for athletic director for internal and external candidates.

“We’re very proactive in moving employees up in their career,” Mayell said when asked about hiring within the district. “I will be having a conversation with Mike Draves (high school principal) about which way we would like to go in the process.”

Other news

  • A change in student fees will begin with the 2017-18 school year. While some programs saw a slight decrease in fees, the most significant increases include a $15 increase in instrumental usage for middle school students and a $10 increase for freshman seminar workbooks in the family consumer science course at the high school level.
  • The board approved a three-year contract renewal for Janet Rizzo, administrative assistant to the superintendent, effective July 1. She has held that post for about 40 years.
  • High school French teacher Sarah Stevens will not return to Brunswick next year. The board decided to eliminate her position, attributed to a decrease in student enrollment.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.



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