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School board plans to name learning center after McVey

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Hilliard school board members are expected May 28 meeting to name the new Innovative Learning Center in honor of retiring Superintendent Dale McVey.

School board President Andy Teater made the surprise announcement May 19 during a retirement program for McVey at Davidson High School.

Slated to open in August, the McVey Innovative Learning Center will offer Hilliard students a variety of educational programs and opportunities designed to individually prepare students for a post-graduate career or coursework at colleges and universities.

Ten current and former school board members stood with Teater when he told McVey, with his wife, Robyn, at his side, that the board would name the center in honor of McVey for his "leadership and vision" for the district.

Teater said McVey made "remarkable contributions" to the district -- most significantly, the district's 2020 Plan, a goal-based program of benchmarks and achievements to be implemented by 2020.

"We are most proud of the culture (McVey) has cultivated," Teater said.

McVey credited his success to those who surrounded him, including assistant superintendents Tim Hamilton and Leslie McNaughton, both of whom he hired.

"It's been an incredible honor and privilege. It's been the best experience of my life ... but it has always been about the children, and I hope that is what I am remembered for," McVey said at the conclusion of the program.

Members of the Davidson marching band and pep squad performed and created a tunnel as McVey and his wife walked out of the building and onto a school bus.

McVey will retire June 30.

John Marschhausen, superintendent of Loveland City Schools in suburban Cincinnati, will succeed him as Hilliard superintendent.

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