Lebanon picks new superintendent

Todd Yohey heads Oak Hills Schools in Hamilton CountyReplaces Mark North, effective Aug. 1

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Todd Yohey has been selected as the new superintendent of the Lebanon City Schools.

Yohey is to take over direction of the school district, effective August 1.

On Friday morning, the school board approved a three-year contract with Yohey, currently superintendent of schools of the Oak Hills Local Schools in Hamilton County.

He is to replace Mark North, who becomes superintendent of the Fairborn City School District on Aug. 1.

“Yohey’s overall experience and his track record as superintendent in supporting high student achievement, made him a strong candidate from the beginning,” Esther Larson, school board president, said in a statement issued Friday. “We believe he has the expertise to work collaboratively with the Board, the staff, and community to establish an exemplary vision and direction for the future.”

Yohey has served as superintendent at Oak Hills since 2009. Between 2004 and 2009, he was superintendent of the Ross Local Schools in Butler County. Prior to becoming a superintendent, he served as the assistant superintendent of the St. Marys City School District in Auglaize County between 2000 and 2004.

The board considered more than a dozen candidates, including Shelley Hilderbrand, assistant superintendent in the Huber Heights City Schools, and Isaac Seevers, superintendent of the Greeneview Local Schools in Jamestown.

But the board narrowed the list to two finalists, Yohey and Robert Humble, superintendent of the Fairbanks Local Schools in Union County.

The school district is in the midst of $72 million in school expansion and renovation.

“I have been involved in every aspect of the operation of a school district, including the construction of new facilities,” Yohey said in a letter of application. “I have successful experience in dealing with many of the critical issues facing Ohio schools, including school funding, public engagement and accountability.”

Yohey is to be paid $145,000 a year, plus benefits, including a family membership to the local YMCA.