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Date of Report (date of earliest event reported): September 20, 2019


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Item 5.02Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers 

On September 20, 2019, Scott P. Scharfman resigned as a director of School Specialty, Inc. (the “Company”).    Mr.  Scharfman’s resignation was not due to any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.

Effective September 24, 2019, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company appointed Eric Yanagi to the Board.  In connection with his appointment to the Board, Mr. Yanagi was also appointed to Governance/Nominating Committee and Compensation Committee of the Board.  Mr. Yanagi is a Managing Director of Mill Road Capital Management LLC, an investment firm focused on investments in small, publicly traded companies, where he has worked since 2008. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Yanagi was an investment professional at Nautic Partners, a middle-market private equity firm focused on business services, healthcare, manufacturing and media & communications. Mr. Yanagi was an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Credit Suisse from 2004 to 2006.   Mr. Yanagi earned an A.B. (cum laude) in Economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. (with Honors) from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Yanagi’s experience in operating roles, principal investing, public and private boards of directors, and various capital markets provide valuable experience and perspective to the Board.

As a non-employee director of the Company, Mr. Yanagi will be paid an annual cash retainer equal to $75,000, to be paid in four equal quarterly installments.  On September 24, 2019, Mr. Yanagi also received a grant of 3,870 restricted stock units (“RSUs”), which will become 100% vested on September 24, 2020.  When they vest, the RSUs will be settled in shares of common stock on a one-for-one basis.

There were no arrangements or understandings between Mr. Yanagi and any other person pursuant to which he was selected as a director.  Mr. Yanagi does not have any direct or indirect material interest in any transaction required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.







Dated:  September 26, 2019

By:/s/ Kevin L. Baehler             


Kevin L. Baehler

Executive Vice President and

Chief Financial Officer