Interviews begin today for Rock Hill superintendent candidates

Published 9:49 am Friday, June 19, 2009

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP — Fred Boring. Eric Floyd. Brenda Haas. Wes Hairston. Steve Lambert. Dave Lucas. Bob Smith. One of those names may have the words, superintendent, Rock Hill Local School District, following it in the near future.

Rock Hill School Board members begin today interviewing those seven candidates to replace veteran superintendent Lloyd Evans.

“We have left open the option that if we do not feel we have a good professional fit in the interviews we will extend the search,” Board President Dennie Hankins said.

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Those seven were among 18 candidates who survived the initial selection process. More than 20 people submitted resumes. Some withdrew their names early in the process.

Boring is the administrative assistant to the superintendent of Bellefontaine City Schools and has been since Aug. 2007. Prior to that he was principal of Defiance High School and assistant principal of Zanesville.

He attended Ohio State University and then obtained his undergraduate degree in English from Ohio University, Athens. He received his master’s of education administration from Ashland University and his superintendent’s license from Bowling Green State University.

Lucas has been acting associate dean of Ohio University Southern since 2008 and prior to that was faculty coordinator for two years. He has taught communication studies since 1990.

He has been involved in a number of local history/ethnic studies, such as studies of Shawnee Indians and Appalachian Ohio. He has been published in the local magazine Bridges and ACCLAIM: The Journal of Research in Rural Education.

Haas has been executive director of Ohio Appalachian Center for High Education since August 2005. She has been on the adjunct staff at Ohio University since 2006. She was assistant principal at Dawson-Bryant High School from 1999-2005.

Prior to that she was principal at Dawson-Bryant Elementary. She began her teaching career in the Rock Hill district in 1972. She received her undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio University.

She has conducted school facilities studies and is developing a rural P-16 council model with the aid of the Appalachian Regional Commission. She was also a contributor to the textbook “High Schools That Flourish: Rural Context, Case Studies, and Resource.”

Lambert has been Rock Hill High School Principal for 23 years. He served as interim superintendent in 2005. He has taught in Rock Hill, Chesapeake and Gallipolis schools and began his teaching career in 1973.

During his tenure Rock Hill High School was selected as a School of Promise five times. The school has been rated effective by the Ohio Department of Education for the past three years although the district has a whole has not always achieved that goal.

Hairston is principal at Rock Hill Middle School and has been since 2001.

Prior to that he was assistant principal at Rock Hill High School. He has been employed in the district for 30 years as both teacher and administrator.

He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Rio Grande, a master’s in secondary education and administration from University of Dayton. He received his superintendent’s certification from there as well.

Smith is adjunct professor at the University of Dayton. He received his superintendent’s certification from Ohio State University.

He was superintendent of Zane Trace Local Schools (Ross County) and was also assistant superintendent of London City Schools. Smith submitted previous evaluations as part of his packet of credentials. In 2003 he was given an outstanding evaluation of his performance as assistant superintendent of London City Schools. Other evaluations showed similar outcomes.

His packet did not have a standard resume but did include photocopies of certifications. According to his cover letter he has served as a superintendent for more than 20 years.

Floyd has served as an educational administrator at the Ohio River Valley Juvenile Corrections Facility in Franklin Furnace since 2006 and has been employed as both teacher and administrator there since 1996. Prior to that he was a special education teacher in the Ironton City Schools from 1994-1996.

A graduate of Symmes Valley, he obtained his undergraduate degree from University of Rio Grande and a master’s degree in educational administration from Ohio University Southern.

Green superintendent Ron Lindsey was contacted for an interview but is out of the country and not available.

Some of the candidates will meet with the board this afternoon. Others are being called June 26. The board will meet June 29 to discuss the superintendent’s search.

The board chose not to give existing superintendent Lloyd Evans a new contract. Evans’ contract expires at the end of July.