Hilliard Northwest News

McVey announces retirement from Hilliard schools


The ninth-largest Ohio school district will begin a search for a new superintendent upon the Oct. 11 announcement by Hilliard City Schools Superintendent Dale McVey that he is retiring, effective at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

Via a press release issued to media late Thursday morning, McVey announced his retirement effective June 30, 2013.

“Hilliard City Schools has been such a special place for me,” McVey said in the press release. “I have met involved and caring parents, amazing students and the most talented staff I’ve ever known.”

He continued: “When I came to Hilliard schools back in 1998, this district was already known for excellence and an outstanding community. Those traditions and standards will continue, and I’m fortunate to have been a part of the exceptional story that is Hilliard City Schools.”

McVey was hired in 1998 as the district’s assistant superintendent and then served as the interim superintendent after then-Superintendent Roger Nehls resigned in June 1999.

McVey officially was named superintendent of Hilliard schools in January 2000.

Prior to joining Hilliard schools in 1998, McVey was superintendent of the Licking Heights Local School District and will retire next year with 35 years in education.

Hilliard school board president Lisa Whiting, in the press release announcing McVey’s retirement, called him “a leader among leaders” and “an exceptional visionary.”

“Ours is a special district, and it takes someone with extraordinary talent to handle the complexities and challenges we face,” she said. “His leadership has led to excellence in our classrooms and providing a good value to our community.”

During the past 15 years since McVey arrived, Hilliard’s enrollment rose from 12,000 to nearly 15,700 students this year.

McVey is credited with initiating the district’s “2020 Plan,” an effort that engaged staff, students and the community to create a strategic plan for the district, setting expectations and a vision for a 21st-century education in Hilliard schools, said Amanda Morris, community-relations coordinator for Hilliard schools.

During his tenure, McVey supervised the opening of three elementary schools, Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade School and Hilliard Bradley High School.

During his time as superintendent, McVey successfully negotiated five contracts with the district’s two employee associations, participated in six redistricting efforts and guided the augmentation of district curriculum.

Hilliard is expected to obtain a rating of “excellent with distinction” when the Ohio Department of Education releases final report cards later this month. It is the highest possible rating the ODE issues and would be the fifth consecutive year for Hilliard to receive the grade.

The Hilliard Board of Education is scheduled to meet Oct. 22 at Ridgewood Elementary School, 4237 Dublin Road, to formally accept McVey’s retirement.

Whiting said the board has not identified the process for selecting the next superintendent “but will consider the interest of all stakeholders regarding this important decision.”