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Russell Schneider Appointed Acting Director of Solon Arts Center

Russell Schneider, who had been leading the Solon Center for the Arts since Karen Prasser's resignation, was appointed as acting director earlier this month.

Longtime city employee Russell Schneider had been serving as interim director of the Solon Center for the Arts since Karen Prasser resigned in September.

Earlier this month, City Council made that role more official by appointing Schneider as acting director and giving him a pay increase.

Schneider will still have some duties as operations manager of the Solon Community Center.

Accompanying Schneider's new job duties will be an increase in pay, as Schneider will now be compensated at a director's level. According to the pay scale, that compensation level pays between $60,000 and $100,000 depending on experience.

Schneider will earn $78,000 plus longevity pay, said Human Resources Director Tom Cornhoff.

Mayor Susan Drucker has said that Schneider is doing a great job leading the arts center, which she says has retained its programming and is adding more programs.

Dan Georges November 30, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I wasn't there, so I'm only guessing: The city had to do something to keep the center running, and Russ must have been up to the task. Because there was not enough time to do a full search for a director with arts and fundraising experience, the council made him acting director. Let's cut Russ a break here. He's taking on additional responsibilities, so he should be compensated for these.
Harry November 30, 2012 at 03:09 PM
In my opinion it's just not about a long-time city employee like Russ. He's just another chapter to this saga. It's the entire situation and course of events starting with Karen's resignation that is so bizarre.
Suzi Castiglione December 01, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Dan....like we've said numerous times and Harry said above....it's nothing personal with reference to Russ. I like him. Russ is a good guy and has always been willing to do whatever is needed. Honestly, I don't remember ever hearing anything negative about him. I don't dislike our Mayor, our City Council, etc....I just dislike the way things are being handled. We love SCA....and the staff headed by Christine, who is pulling their share and then some. My son is very involved over there, so we've been there quite a bit before and since Karen's resignation. Heck, my son's first class at SCA was when he was less than 2 years old and he's now 10. My eldest son took voice lessons there years ago when he was still in school. SCA has been such a wonderful place our youngest and other children. Karen was a big reason for that. I hope it carries on to be the same comfortable, nurturing place it has been.
queen of the may December 02, 2012 at 09:57 PM
just conjecture, but a lot of these positions serve at the will of the mayor... that can lead to a dictatorship... especially if the mayor rules, not leads.
Jerry L December 30, 2012 at 01:50 AM
HI, I have a Master of Music degree in performance; 15 years experience in Arts Administration working directly with The Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Music Center and Kent State University; produced hundreds of masterclasses, lectures, rehearsals, studio classes and private lessons along with 100 critically acclaimed professional concerts and over 200 student recitals her in Ohio; maintained annual budgets of $350,000, overseeing multiple foundation accounts, delivering fourteen consecutive balanced budgets, raised 8-10% annual budget through public/private grants, donor cultivation, endowments and corporate giving. I also live right here in Aurora, OH Any chance I should send a resume or letter to someone in Solon City Council? Jerry themusicmail2002@yahoo.com

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