Indian Creek’s Rocchi moves on

WINTERSVILLE – Indian Creek Local School District Superintendent John Rocchi will be moving into the superintendent’s position at Claymont City Schools, pending approval of that district’s school board on Monday.

Rocchi confirmed Friday that he has been offered the position and, pending the Claymont City School Board’s decision, will submit his resignation from Indian Creek during a special meeting of the Indian Creek school board at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the board’s office on Bantam Ridge.

Rocchi said he began his teaching career with Claymont City Schools as a student teacher during the 1993-1994 school year, and welcomed the opportunity to return to the school district.

But he said he also has enjoyed working in the Indian Creek Local School District during the last 10 years.

Prior to becoming its superintendent in 2011, he served as a special education teacher, was head wrestling coach at Indian Creek High School and coached football at the junior high, freshman and varsity levels.

Rocchi said the new Indian Creek Middle School, completed last year thanks to a bond issue approved by voters in 2008, is among projects with which he’s proud to have been involved.

But he said most of all he’ll remember his good working relationship with staff, students and community members in the Indian Creek district.

Rocchi also has coached at Harrison Central and Steubenville high schools and is an adjunct professor in the master’s of special education program at Mukingum University in New Concord.

Rocchi said he plans to continue teaching at Muskingum.

A graduate of Cadiz High School, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Kent State University.

Rocchi said he was impressed by the selection process employed by Claymont City Schools, which involved a panel of 25 school officials and community members in the interviewing process. The district offices are located in Dennison.

He was among 22 applicants for the superintendent’s position. The field was narrowed first to eight and finally, two.