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.