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Ashland City School District Announces Superintendent Opening

The Ashland City School District, located in Ashland County, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Superintendent. Current Superintendent Dr. Doug Marrah plans to retire later this year after more than a decade with the district. The Ashland City Schools Board of Education approved a contract at its meeting Monday, October 24, 2022 to have Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center to assist the district in the search.

The Board is seeking a leader that has the ability and willingness to deal fairly with faculty, staff, students, and parents. The successful candidate is expected to have a personal involvement and interest in the community. Ashland City Schools, currently serves 3,236 students, provides opportunities for all students to reach their fullest potential intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. The district continually strives to develop curriculum and programs that effectively meet the needs of all students and is proud of the variety of programs that are offered for students.

Qualified applicants should have a Master's degree and a valid Ohio School Superintendent license or evidence that one is obtainable, as well as demonstrated organizational and leadership skills, knowledge of Ohio Revised Code as it relates to school operations and superintendent responsibilities, and displays a positive, optimistic demeanor while modeling high standard of professional conduct and inspiring leadership. 

The Board of Education will offer a multi-year contract with salary  and benefits that is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The successful candidate will work as a collaborative team with the Board, Treasurer, staff and community stakeholders, tenaciously pursue the vision for the district while skillfully carrying out operational details, overcoming obstacles and accomplishing objectives, effectively communicate verbally and in writing with the Board and a variety of audiences in a proactive and timely manner; display transparency in delivering high quality presentations and communications for the Board and stakeholders, and approach challenges and problem solving with creativity and innovation. 

Specific qualifications and requirements for the position can be found at the Mid-Ohio ESC website through the following link: https://www.moesc.net/vnews/display.v/ART/621654d30b53b. Those interested in the position are encouraged to apply by submitting a cover letter emphasizing qualifications and experience, a copy of current Ohio Superintendent license or evidence that a license will be obtained, resume, and letters of reference as well as complete an online application at www.moesc.net.
Questions about the position should be directed to Kevin D. Kimmel, Mid-Ohio ESC Superintendent, at kimmel.kevin@moesc.net, call 419.774.5520, or write him at:
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center
890 West Fourth Street, Suite 100
Mansfield, OH 44906

Applications must be received by February 8, 2023. Employment will begin August 1, 2023.

Ashland School Board President Zack Truax said, “The Ashland City Schools Board of Education is grateful for our partnership with Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center. Their experience in helping school districts in the search process is invaluable. Having their assistance already to include input from our community members and staff in the search has been tremendously helpful.”

Kimmel expressed his enthusiasm to partner the Ashland Board of Education to find the best candidate to help lead the district. “Ashland has been well served by Dr. Marrah, and we wish him well in his retirement. A school district needs a strong leader for vision and guidance in educating our young people. We understand the importance of this position, and we’re glad to help Ashland.”

Ashland is a city and serves as the county seat of Ashland County, Ohio, 66 miles southwest of Cleveland and 82 miles northeast of Columbus. Voted as the safest college town in 2018, Ashland has a vibrant local community that makes living there worthwhile. It is well-known in Ohio for its welcome sign, which claims the city to be, “The World Headquarters of Nice People.”

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