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Suburban Cincinnati district hires Estepp as superintendent


Hilliard City Schools will begin a search for a new director of curriculum and instruction to succeed Steven Estepp, who will become superintendent of a suburban Cincinnati school district.

The Mariemont school board hired Estepp on April 23. He will begin his new job July 1.

Mariemont board members called Estepp the "perfect person" to lead the district after selecting him from a field of 26 candidates.

Marie Huenefeld, vice president of the Mariemont school board, said board members were impressed with Estepp's credentials and experience.

"We think (Estepp) has the vision and the innovation to ensure that Mariemont continues its tradition of excellence," Huenefeld said.

Board members also credited Estepp as being "extremely successful in advancing student achievement" at Hilliard City Schools.

"I am honored to have been selected to serve Mariemont City Schools as superintendent. I look forward to using my skills and experience to build on all of the important work that has already been accomplished in this district," Estepp said in a Mariemont press release.

Estepp was one of three finalists to replace retiring Hilliard Superintendent Dale McVey, along with Bradley High School Principal David Stewart and Loveland City Schools Superintendent John Marschhausen, the board's choice for the job.

He also was a finalist for the job of Westerville's superintendent.

Prior to being Hilliard's director of curriculum and instruction, Estepp was principal at Weaver Middle School and an assistant principal at Davidson High School.

"Steve has served Hilliard City Schools as an exceptional leader. His contributions towards excellence for students will leave an outstanding mark for many years to come and we wish him well in his future endeavors," McVey said.

Estepp signed a three-year contract with Mariemont City Schools, with a base annual salary of $140,000.

He succeeds Paul Imhoff, who earned $132,745 and became superintendent of Upper Arlington schools in February.

Marschhausen will lead the search for Hilliard's new director of curriculum and instruction.