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Southview High School Band Director Staci Stroud will hang up her conducting baton at the end of the school year, ending her decade-long career at Sylvania Schools.
“From the moment I moved to Sylvania, I felt I needed extra family," she said. "All the band parents adopted me like I was an extra kid. It was welcoming and a fabulous experience to be part of community like this. It has helped me grow. I can’t thank Sylvania enough.”
She told students about her decision this week to stay home with her 1-year-old twin boys. Her last teaching day is scheduled for June 6. As band director, she oversees the marching and symphonic bands. Her pay was about $60,000 annually. The district has not announced her replacement.
She said that her husband, Jason, is working full-time as a physician at the University of Toledo Medical Center, the former Medical College of Ohio.
In 2008, Mrs. Stroud, 34, was promoted from assistant band director to director, replacing Tim Hoffman when he retired.
Before joining Sylvania Schools in 2004, she taught band for one year at Elmwood Local Schools located in Bloomdale, Ohio.
Mrs. Stroud draws on her musical experience from performances with the Ohio State University Marching Band. As a member of the Best Damn Band in the Land from 1998 to 2002, she met current assistant band director Alison Knowles. She graduated from Ohio State in 2003 with a degree in Music Education.
Mrs. Stroud said her most prized moments with the district are having the symphonic band receiving superior ratings four out of six years it participated in the northwest regional competition hosted by the Ohio Music Education Association.
“This year, it received straight 1's, which is the best you can do,” she said.
She also prepared the marching band students for the traditional trip to Walt Disney World and Orlando, Fla., where students march with other high school bands across the nation in a daytime and night parade. The trip is organized every four years and both Southview and Northview bands participated in March.
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