Former Bucyrus director takes office at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center

Through February 23, 2021 4:53 PM

MANSFIELD — A former principal of Bucyrus High School and Director of Student Services has been hired to serve as the Executive Director of Achievement and Leadership at Mid-Ohio Educational Services.

Dr Mark Burke will formally assume the position on August 1 and his contract runs until July 31, 2024.

The board of governors of the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center held its monthly meeting on February 17 in which it approved Burke’s employment.

Burke will lead the full range of Mid-Ohio ESC administrative staff development and improvement services in support of its partner school districts.

Dr Burke comes from local Mohawk schools, where he served as superintendent. Previously, he held several positions in the schools of the city of Bucyrus and was also an assistant professor of educational foundations, leadership and politics at Bowling Green State University. He received his Masters in Educational Administration from Ashland University and his Doctorate in Leadership Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2013.

Dr Burke was selected from a pool of 33 candidates for the position and throughout the selection process it became clear to the interview team that he was the perfect fit to join the Mid- team. Ohio ESC. He will lead the professional development, training, leadership opportunities and support of our member district administrators.

Mid-Ohio Superintendent Kevin D. Kimmel worked with Burke when he was the Superintendent of Schools for the town of Bucyrus.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Burke is joining our administrative team at Mid-Ohio ESC. It became evident that this position was necessary to extend our services and support to our member districts. I would like to commend the Mid-Ohio ESC Board of Governors for supporting this new position as we continue to explore ways to restructure our organization to develop relationships, build trust and add value to member districts. Kimmel said. “I look forward to working with Dr. Burke and our administrative team to strengthen our organization. “

Burke said he was excited about the new opportunity.

“Building relationships will be my top priority. I will be able to serve our districts once I can learn more about their communities, culture, goals, expectations and areas of interest in the district. It is my sincerest hope to be out of the office to visit our partners and develop a plan on how I can be of service, ”said Burke.

In the other cases, all the organizational and personnel elements were approved. The 2021-2022 timelines for Abraxas and FIRST Schools were also discussed.

The Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services, including professional development, to 10 school districts and more than 17,000 students in Crawford, Morrow and Richland counties. Client districts receive services from curriculum, special and gifted education consultants, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

Janice G. Ball