Nyssa school board appoints new superintendent

NYSSA – The Nyssa School Board Monday night named Darren Johnson as its new superintendent, capping a week of meetings that left the community wondering who would lead local schools.

Johnson will replace Superintendent Jana Iverson beginning July 1. Iverson had announced her resignation last fall.

Johnson will receive a base salary of $128,000 to oversee a school system with about 1,100 students. That’s $6,000 more than Iverson’s current salary.

The new superintendent was selected during a national search that yielded 17 applicants. After a screening process and an initial round of interviews, the board narrowed its search to two finalists – Johnson and Benjamin Merrill, principal of Middleton High School.

After over a week of discussions and two hours in executive, or closed door, session Monday night, the board voted 5-2 to hire . . .