Centerville chooses next school superintendent

Jon Wesney, currently Director of Business Operations for Centerville School, will be promoted by the board.

Jon Wesney, the current director of business operations for Centerville schools, will be promoted to superintendent by the Centerville Board of Education, effective Aug. 1, Centerville schools announced.

He will replace current Centerville superintendent Tom Henderson, who is retiring after a 42-year career in education, with the last 13 years as Centerville’s superintendent.

Wesney oversees district-wide purchasing and the permanent improvement fund, as well as the operation of the maintenance, transportation and food service departments. Wesney’s contract for superintendent is expected to be approved by the board during its May 16 work session, Centerville schools officials said.

“I’m excited about this new opportunity in my career, and I’m grateful for the board’s confidence in my ability to lead Centerville Schools,” Wesney said. “I’m looking forward to guiding a qualified team that will keep our schools and community moving forward by continuing to provide opportunities for our students to grow through academic and extracurricular pursuits.”

As superintendent, Wesney will lead nearly 1,100 full-time employees and about 8,200 students. He will also guide the implementation of the district’s new strategic plan, supporting the plan’s five focus areas: Teaching and Learning, Leading and Innovating, Diversifying and Including, Communicating and Understanding, and Resourcing and Supporting.

The Centerville Board of Education worked with the Montgomery County Educational Service Center, in partnership with K-12 Consulting, to aid in the superintendent search.

“Mr. Wesney demonstrates the leadership qualities we know are important for our schools, he understands our students’ needs, and he’s involved in our larger community,” said Centerville School Board president Megan Sparks. “Many schools in Ohio are searching for superintendents this year, and we are very fortunate to have a skilled candidate within our leadership team who we could promote to the position of superintendent.”

In 1997, Wesney began his teaching career at Centerville High School in the Industrial Technology Department before serving as the Career Technical Principal for seven years and then as the CHS Coordinating Principal for five years. Wesney graduated from Morehead State University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology education and from the University of Dayton with a master’s degree in educational leadership.

In addition to his educational experience, Wesney has been involved with the Americana Festival Committee for 18 years, currently serving as trustee board chairman and on the scholarship committee. He also participated on the Washington Township Recreation Center’s strategic planning team.

About the Author