Johnstown Independent


Dickson chosen as next superintendent


The Johnstown-Monroe Local Schools on May 9 announced the school board is expected to enter into a three-year contract with Dale Dickson as the new superintendent.

Dickson is former dual superintendent of Berne Union Local School District in Sugar Grove and Walnut Township Local Schools in Millersport and former superintendent of New Lexington City Schools.

“We are very proud of the extensive effort and research used to attract candidates and assist us in defining our new superintendent,” said Ruth Ann Booher, school board president. “Community members, administrators, teachers and school board members offered their talents to conduct interviews and spend quality time with each candidate.”

She said a scoring rubric was used to rate each candidate. Additionally, a team of professionals from the Ohio School Boards Association offered evaluations and ranking of the candidates.

“The depth of our search was unprecedented in this district,” Booher said.

Community resident and former school board member Doug Shull said participating in the superintendent selection process was far more involved than he had anticipated.

“During the final phase of the process, committee members assisted with extensive background checks to ensure that the candidate would integrate well with the values of the Johnstown community,” he said. “There is always an element of risk in selecting a superintendent, but we are confident we have chosen the best candidate. It was a very rewarding process.”

Dickson comes to the Johnstown-Monroe district with extensive and diverse experience in school administration.

Serving as the superintendent for the Perry-Hocking Educational Service Center in New Lexington, he developed and implemented services to five school districts in Perry and Hocking counties.

His experiences as a teacher, coach, athletics director and superintendent have contributed to his instructional and management expertise, the district’s press release stated.

“I am eager to begin work in the Johnstown-Monroe school district,” Dickson said. “It is apparent the board and staff are committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for the students while being good stewards of the resources provided by the community. I am humbled and pleased to be invited to be a part of the leadership team of the district.”

The Dickson family includes wife Teresa, daughter Amanda and sons Aaron (OSU graduate) and Austin, a college student majoring in sports medicine.

“My wife, Teresa, and I have already begun looking for a home in the district and look forward to meeting the people in the community of Johnstown,” he said.

Booher said the board wants to thank all of the administrators, teachers and community residents who made the search a success.

Dickson will begin his first day as the new superintendent May 14.

Johnstown has been without a permanent superintendent since Damien Bawn retired in February 2013.

Nelson McCray, superintendent of the Licking County Educational Service Center, has been serving as interim superintendent.

The details of Dickson’s contract haven’t yet been announced.