Madison seeks interim superintendent as district leader takes medical leave

Madison Schools Superintendent Lisa Tuttle-Huff recently was awarded a five-year contract by the Butler County school system’s governing school board. Five-year contracts for superintendents remain rare in our area but state education officials say they are growing in popularity elsewhere and Ohio school boards. (File Photo/Journal-News)
Madison Schools Superintendent Lisa Tuttle-Huff recently was awarded a five-year contract by the Butler County school system’s governing school board. Five-year contracts for superintendents remain rare in our area but state education officials say they are growing in popularity elsewhere and Ohio school boards. (File Photo/Journal-News)

The Madison Schools superintendent recently left on medical leave, and the district is seeking someone to fill the position on an interim basis.

Superintendent Lisa Tuttle-Huff exclusively told the Journal-News she is ill and said the governing school board has informed the Butler County Educational Services Center (BCESC) about seeking an interim superintendent.

“This is a difficult time for me and my family,” said Huff, who was hired in 2018. “I am at home on sick leave still.”

Huff, who in August 2019 signed a five-year contract to continue as leader of Madison Schools, said that “I am on FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act). I am not sure at this point what date I will return.”

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“I appreciate the concern that many from Madison have sent me and you,” she said. “It means a lot when life happens and you must take time off.”

The FMLA is a federal law allowing employees to take time off for qualified medical and family reasons.

None of Madison Board of Education’s five members responded to a Journal-News request seeking comment regarding Huff’s taking leave, when the leave began or what steps the board plans to fill the superintendent’s position in her absence.

The board is scheduled to meet 6 p.m. Thursday.

BCESC Superintendent Chris Brown said “I don’t have anything to add until after the board meeting on Thursday. I should know more after the meeting.”

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County educational service centers in Ohio often fill the role of locating temporary superintendents to help their member school districts when a vacancy requires an interim district leader. Many occasions find the job being filled by a retired or otherwise former superintendent who applies for the job.

“The board is asking the ESC (eduational services center) for help if needed,” she said.

Huff’s contract runs from Aug. 1, 2019 to July 31, 2024.

Smaller enrollment school systems such as Madison, which has 1,445 students, often do not have assistant superintendents.

Huff said the Madison district remains in good hands in her absence.

“The staff at Madison are very competent, I don’t anticipate any issues,” she said.