Steubenville Schools Names New Interim Superintendent

STEUBENVILLE – Melinda Young, director of programs for the Steubenville City School District, was named by the board of education to serve as interim superintendent effective July 1.

Young will replace Rich Ranallo, who has been working as acting superintendent of the school district since November when he was asked to serve as interim superintendent following the indictment of Superintendent Mike McVey.

Ranallo’s Ohio Superintendent Certificate expires on June 30 and he said he does not plan to renew his certification.

During her 25-year tenure on the city school district staff, Young has served as a teacher, parent coordinator, Title I coordinator, director of administrative services and Wells Academy principal prior to assuming the director of programs job.

McVey was named in a five-count indictment in November by a special grand jury investigating the Steubenville rape case.

He entered a not guilty plea and has remained on paid administrative leave since the indictment was announced by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Young was one of several administrative appointments approved by the school board Wednesday night. Lynette Gorman, principal at Pugliese West Elementary, had her contract renewed through the 2016 school year. She was also indicted by the special grand jury on one misdemeanor count of failure to report child abuse or neglect.

Gorman initially was placed on paid leave by the school board after the indictments were announced, but the board later allowed her to return to her job.

In January, an agreement was reached in which the charges will be dismissed by June, contingent upon Gorman completing 40 hours of community service and speaking to other teachers and administrators in the Steubenville City School District on the subject of recognizing and reporting child abuse and child neglect.