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Ohio Hi-Point Career Center hires Dr. Rick Smith as next superintendent

Dr. Rick Smith was hired to be the next superintendent at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center during a special Board of Education meeting Wednesday evening.

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education took action last night at a special meeting to employ Dr. Richard Smith as superintendent of schools, effective August 1.  Dr. Smith, who was awarded a three-year contract, is currently superintendent of schools at North Union Local School District in Union County. He will replace Dr. Jeff Price, who is retiring July 31.

The Board of Education began its superintendent search on Nov. 19, 2014. The Board received assistance in the process from K-12 Business Consulting. After developing a superintendent profile based on information provided by parents, teachers, administrators, support staff, local superintendents of school districts that serve Ohio Hi-Point, area government officials, and business professionals, the Board reviewed the credentials of 20 highly qualified individuals. Interviews with seven candidates were conducted on February 16 and February 18.

“Dr. Smith’s track record in supporting high student achievement and his overall experience as a teacher and administrator made him a strong candidate from the beginning,” said Anne Reames, Board President “We believe he has the expertise to work with the Board, the staff, and the career center community to establish an exemplary vision and direction for the future.”

Dr. Smith has served as superintendent at North Union since 2006. Between 2001 and 2006, Dr. Smith was an elementary principal in the Ashland City School District. He was an assistant principal in the Mansfield City School District in Richland County from 2000 to 2001 as well as a teacher in the same district from 1996 to 2000 while serving as an assistant varsity basketball coach.

Dr. Smith has been active with the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) for many years, serving on the BASA Report Card and State Department Committee and the Exceptional Children Committee. He also served as a mentor for new superintendents, and he gave a presentation at the 2010 BASA Annual Conference on the state’s new superintendent evaluation instrument.

Dr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in education from Charleston Southern University in 1996, his master’s degree in educational administration from Ashland University in 2000, and his doctorate in educational administration in 2012 from Ashland University. Dr. Smith also served in the U.S. Air Force for eight and one-half years after graduating from high school.

Dr. Smith is the seventh superintendent at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center since the career center opened in 1974.

Anne Reames, Board President, stands with Ohio Hi-Point's next superintendent, Dr. Rick Smith.


Contracts were signed at last night's special board meeting to hire Dr. Rick Smith as the next superintendent.





Kelsey Webb 

Call for ‘Excellence in Teaching’ Nominations

The Bellefontaine Rotary invites students, parents, community members and colleagues to nominate a teacher for the 2013-2014 Excellence in Teaching Award.

The award recognizes three Logan County teachers who have impacted students in education through various methods, innovative practices and new technologies.

Five Ohio Hi-Point Career Center  instructors have received the prestigious award. They include:

  • -     JoEtta Spain (2002-2003)
  • -     Robin Curley (2004-2005)
  • -     Deb Purcell (2008-2009)
  • -     Peter Raatz (2011-2012)
  • -     Tom Carrig (2012-2013)

Nominees must be state certified and employed by an accredited school in Logan County. Past recipients of this award are not eligible.

To nominate a teacher, please fill out the form here. Or download the nomination form. Nominations are due Monday, January 6, 2014.

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Board approves career center to join self-funded insurance plan

BELLEFONTAINE- The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education approved the career center to be part of the Logan County Insurance Consortium self-funded insurance plan during Wednesday evening’s Board meeting. The consortium will establish and carry out a benefits insurance program for employees. Other schools in the consortium include Benjamin Logan High School, Indian Lake… Read full post »

OHP hosts Dr. Earl Sloan reception

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center’s students and staff had an opportunity to thank a vital supporter of the career center, The Sloan Foundation, during a celebration for the late Dr. Earl Sloan. The annual event, which was held in the Sloan Inn on Wednesday afternoon, was attended by Sloan Trustees to hear students talk about… Read full post »

Ohio Hi-Point district earns A’s across the board

BELLEFONTAINE, Oh- The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center is one of eleven Ohio career centers that scored all A’s on the 2012-2013 career technical education (CTE) report card. The CTE report card is a first for the ninety-two career technical districts in Ohio. The report, which was released by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Thursday,… Read full post »

ALICE training proves beneficial for ‘survival training’

With the new school year kicking off this week, the staff at Ohio Hi-Point have learned a new lesson in student safety. Ohio Hi-Point staff completed the ALICE training on Monday under the direction of the Hardin County Sheriff’s office. The ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate) training was developed as a realistic way… Read full post »

OHP Launches Instagram, Encourages Students to #ShareYourStory

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center is on Instagram. The career center moved to the popular photo-sharing mobile app this summer. The account’s handle is @ohiohipoint and will feature behind-the-scenes photos in and around Hi-Point’s main campus and satellite locations, photos from the archives (known as throwback Thursday or #TBT), as well as showcase photos from… Read full post »

Students view autopsy through COSI program

Students in Ohio Hi-Point’s anatomy and physiology classes, as well as the students in the Health Technology program, experienced a human autopsy, via video conference, through COSI’s In Depth: Autopsy program. The taped autopsy allowed students a real life learning experience as well as an opportunity to speak and ask questions to a forensic pathologist… Read full post »

Students save lives through blood drives

Students at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center helped save 186 individuals earlier this month after participating in a school blood drive. Sixty-two units of blood were collected; fourteen of those were first-time donors. This was the final blood drive of the school year. Overall, students have given over 150 units of blood this year through three… Read full post »

Students plan fundraisers for local family, organizations

On Thursday, December 6 Ohio Hi-Point will be welcoming more than just parents to campus for Parent Teacher Conferences. Students have announced a variety of activities, including a Burger Bar fundraiser, a petting zoo and a Salon-A-Thon for the community to take part in next week. The Early Childhood Education and Culinary students are hosting… Read full post »