A search for a new school leader in Miamisburg is starting as Superintendent David Vail plans to retire this year.
The Miamisburg City Schools Board of Education is meeting Wednesday afternoon to talk about a successor for Vail, who has been an educator for nearly 40 years, the past seven-plus as head of that school district.
Vail submitted his retirement letter last week and has agreed to stay on until the end of July as the district seeks a replacement, school board President Dale Toadvine said.
“We’re obviously going to respect his wishes,” Toadvine said. “He’s given us seven good years.”
A recent board of education evaluation of Vail called him “a true leader. He is selfless, empowering, and confident in his decision making.
“Dr. Vail is an outstanding ambassador for our school district on a daily basis within / outside the school district,” the evaluation states. “Has a very calm demeanor which brings quality decision making.”
Attempts to reach Vail on Tuesday were unsuccessful.
The Miamisburg board in February 2016 approved a five-year contract for Vail that increased his annual base salary over the life of the agreement from $125,000 to $140,000.
The process for finding another superintendent comes two months after voters in the district – which includes the city, most of Miami Twp. and parts of German Twp. – convincing approved of a levy.
About that same time, the latest round of Ohio Department of Education report cards showed Miamisburg eighth among Montgomery County school districts in performance index.
Those scores also showed Miamisburg to be in the mid range for Ohio public school districts.
In November, a five-year, 8.3-mill substitute levy gained 3,683 in favor and 2,044 against, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
The levy does not increase taxes, school district officials said, and is expected to annually generate about $7.2 million.
That month, report cards released by the state department of education gave Miamisburg a C as an overall grade with a 73.9 performance index percent.
The board is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. in the Miamisburg board of education cafeteria, 540 E. Park Ave.
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