Bucyrus Superintendent to Lead Area Educational Services Center

MANSFIELD — The Bucyrus City Superintendent of Schools has been selected to lead the Mid-Ohio Educational Services Center.

Kevin D. Kimmel was unanimously approved as MOESC’s new superintendent by the center’s board of governors at a special meeting Wednesday, according to a news release from Bucyrus City Schools. His last day in Bucyrus will be July 31; he starts the new job on August 1st.

Former MOESC Superintendent Linda T. Keller retired in December. The board hired longtime educator Ed Schwartz to serve as acting superintendent and spearheaded the search for Keller’s replacement, according to the news release.

“Kevin Kimmel is at the right time in his career to bring leadership and forward thinking to the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center,” Swartz said. “His collaborative background, strong work ethic and genuine concern for the education of all children will serve him well in his role.”

“Kevin demonstrated passion, concern and sensitivity to the challenges facing MOESC and assured the board that he would work diligently to address and overcome these challenges,” said Doug Theaker, Vice Chairman of the Board. MOESC Board of Directors, in the press release. “What inspired me the most was his willingness to leave Bucyrus after many successful years, and we are thrilled with Kevin’s vision and commitment to the future of MOESC.”

MOESC serves 15 school districts and more than 22,000 students in Crawford, Richland and Morrow counties.

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Client districts receive curriculum, gifted, and special education consulting services; speech therapists; psychologists; special education teachers; and occupational therapists and physical therapists, according to the press release.

“So there’s a lot of staff that Mid-Ohio employs,” Kimmel said. “These employees are in client districts, servicing the needs of students and staff.”

Kimmel was selected from a pool of seven applicants.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center,” Kimmel said in the press release. “The services we provide are critical to the educational success of students and staff in our member districts, and I look forward to strengthening relationships with the districts we serve. »

The decision to leave Bucyrus wasn’t easy, Kimmel said in an interview Thursday.

“I’ve been here in the district for 21 years,” he said. “I came here in 1998 as a sports director, a position I held for five years. I moved on to assistant secondary school principal; I held that position for five years. I was high school principal for three years and I am in my eighth year as superintendent.

“And so obviously you spend 21 years in one place, you build a lot of friendships and relationships, and it was certainly a very difficult decision to move into this position. However, Bucyrus City Schools is one of the client districts of Mid-Ohio, so I will always have a connection to the school district, thanks to my new position.”

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The Bucyrus City School District will immediately begin the search for the district’s next superintendent, school board chairman Dr. Paul Johnson said in the news release.

“I want to thank Kevin for his dedication to Bucyrus students, families and staff over the past 21 years,” Johnson said. “He has been a champion for creating invaluable partnerships between our district and the community that will enable current and future Redmen to relentlessly pursue success.”

The school board has already held a special board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and Kimmel said he expects members to start discussing the search for his replacement.

Kimmel offered some tips for his possible replacement.

“I would tell them to start by building relationships,” Kimmel said. “Both internal relationships with staff, the administrative team, the students – and then also working to create links and partnerships with the community, which I am proud that we have established here in this district. I would love to see this work continue.”

Janice G. Ball