New public schools chief in Ohio set to report to work

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new public schools chief is ready to report to work.

The state school board selected Paolo DeMaria (POW’-loh dee-muh-REE’-uh) last month in a rare unanimous vote as the state’s next superintendent of public instruction. He starts Monday.

DeMaria is a well-regarded expert on Ohio education policy. He worked in government going back to the 1980s, serving as adviser to the state Senate and to former Republican Govs. George Voinovich and Bob Taft and as state budget director. He also served as vice chancellor of the Board of Regents during Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration, and he worked previously at the Education Department.

He worked most recently as a consultant.

DeMaria is the permanent replacement for former superintendent Richard Ross, who retired Dec. 31. Lonny Rivera served in the interim.