Hilliard Northwest News

District slates Aug. 12 reception for Marschhausen

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Residents of the Hilliard school district will have the opportunity to meet new Superintendent John Marschhausen from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at the McVey Innovative Learning Center Annex, 5323 Cemetery Road.

The reception will be held in advance of the public school board meeting at 7 p.m.

Board President Andy Teater and Marschhausen will address those gathered, but most of the reception will be an informal meeting with the new superintendent, said district spokeswoman Amanda Morris.

In addition to the open house, Marschhausen has announced a series of community meetings to be known as Coffee Connections.

They will be similar to outreach efforts Marschhausen made while he was superintendent of Loveland City Schools in suburban Cincinnati, Morris said.

"It's a chance to ask questions and discuss any concerns with our superintendent," Morris said.

The first of four scheduled Coffee Connections will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at New Grounds Coffee House, 6318 Scioto Darby Road.

"Technology has made sharing information easier, but nothing can replace face-to-face conversations when it comes to building relationships," Marschhausen said. "I enjoy the opportunity to talk with our community about education -- it is my passion.

"My goal, as it was in my previous district, is to have many opportunities to purposefully be available to simply talk with parents, students and other interested community members about the school district. Education is a partnership and it takes two-way, authentic communications to build the trust necessary to have our students ready for tomorrow."

The next three Coffee Connections will be:

* 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Tim Hortons, 1815 Hilliard-Rome Road.

* 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Panera Bread, 1531 Hilliard-Rome Road.

* 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Panera Bread, 3625 Fishinger Blvd.

No RSVPs are required for any of the events and there is no current limit on how many can attend.

Should accommodations become a problem, Morris said, the issue would be addressed as needed.

Marschhausen, 42, succeeded Dale McVey, who retired June 30.

Hilliard is the third district Marschhausen has led, following three years at Loveland and five at East Knox Local Schools.

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