“There are a lot of similarities. There are generational families with people that you know their dads and moms went to the school district, they went to district and their kids go to the school district. There is a lot of that here,” Ritchey said.
He graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree, from Ashland University with a master’s and holds a Ph.D from OSU.
“Early on, I decided to join those who weren’t going to get rich in the field of education, but be a lot happier,” he said.
Ritchey worked teaching and administrative jobs in the Mount Vernon district in Knox County and in the Parma district in the Cleveland area, among others, before landing his first superintendent role at Milton-Union.
This district has 1,500 students and around 100 teachers.
He met his wife, Kellie, while they were both teaching in the Mount Vernon schools. The Ritcheys have three children: Madalyn, who is in the eighth grade; John (seventh); and Jack (second).
Ritchey said he was impressed by the opportunities the district offers students, and by the students who take advantage of those offerings.
He said he continues to like what he sees.
“There are a lot of really good people,” he said. “There has been a good culture built here by the board of education over time. That culture has endured changes in the board. We just have a really good thing going.”