A veteran educator most recently employed for 20 years as the superintendent of Cedar Cliff schools has been selected as Clinton-Massie’s next superintendent.
The school board approved a contract Tuesday evening to hire David F. Baits. The contract begins June 1, 2014, and extends to July 31, 2017. His salary will begin at $97,864 annually.
Baits earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowling State University in 1971, studying mathematics and physics. In 1976, he earned a master’s degree in mathematics, also from Bowling State University. He earned a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1990, studying educational policy and leadership.
He served as the superintendent of Cedar Cliff Local Schools in Cedarville, Ohio, from 1993 to 2013. During that time, he oversaw the district’s $7 million budget, 72 employees and 650 students. From 1990 to 1993, he served as the same district’s high school principal.
Baits, who was one of 18 applicants for the position, said he was thankful to the board for the opportunity to serve as Clinton-Massie’s next superintendent.
“I look forward to working with the board, staff, administrators and community members as we strive together to provide the best quality education for the boys and girls in the district,” Baits said in a statement Tuesday. “Clinton-Massie has done well educationally over the years, and I look forward to working on the challenges ahead as we prepare our students for the 21st century.”
Prior to his tenure in Cedarville, Baits worked as a consultant with four Ohio school districts, assisting in the development of planning schemes, organizational designs and staff and administration evaluations.
He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Ashland University and adjunct professor at the University of Dayton. Baits’ first positions during the late 1970s and 1980s were junior high, high school and college mathematics teaching positions.
Baits also currently serves as a member of the executive committees of the Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.
“David brings a wealth of experience having served as superintendent of Cedar Cliff Local Schools for 20 years,” said a board statement. “David’s background in hiring, developing, mentoring, and retaining effective educators and administrators makes him an ideal fit for where Clinton-Massie is as a district.”
In light of the recent “progressive” changes having undergone at the district due to budget constraints, the board complimented Baits’ skills to “address the district’s need to strengthen our organization and create a solid foundation.”
The board also noted Baits’ experience with operating levies.
The Clinton-Massie school board introduced Baits to staff members during a special board meeting Tuesday night, and plans to schedule a meeting with the community during the coming weeks, the statement said.
“Due to the timing of this coming together over the last few days, this board felt it disingenuous to expect the community to attend [Tuesday night’s] special board meeting with such short notice,” the statement said. “We will communicate via local media, website, one call, etc. to ensure we reach as many community members as possible.”
In a controversial decision, the school board voted 3-2 in June 2013 not to renew the contract of its superintendent, Dr. Mike Sander. Sander announced his resignation Aug. 1 to take the job of superintendent for the Franklin City Schools district in Warren County. His contract was not set to expire until summer 2014.
Warren Joseph “Joe” Scholler was selected as the interim superintendent Aug. 21. Baits was listed as an applicant for the interim position, as well.
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