The current superintendent of Delphos City Schools is set to take the reins at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center starting Oct. 3.

The current superintendent of Delphos City Schools is set to take the reins at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center starting Oct. 3.

The board voted Aug. 17 to hire Jeffrey S. Price as the district's next superintendent. Price was offered a three-year contract. Hi-Point offers classes to juniors and seniors from 14 school districts and also has an adult and continuing education division.

Price will replace Kim Davis, who left to become superintendent at Tolles Career and Technical Center in Plain City. His starting base salary will be $104,000, said Kelsey Giesler, Hi-Point communications coordinator.

Price said he found out about the position upon receiving a flier from Hi-Point.

"It was very intriguing," he said. "It was kind of a fast turnaround time for me because in the middle of all of this, my mom passed away."

Price began his undergraduate work at The Ohio State University and graduated from the University of Findlay (then Findlay College) in 1985. He completed his master's degree at Bowling Green State University in 1999. He earned his principal's certificate and superintendent license from the University of Findlay and has completed the coursework for an educational doctorate with Ashland University.

A Hardin County native, Price said moving back to the area feels like a homecoming.

"I spent a lot of time in my professional career at Scioto Valley, which is one of the member schools, and I became acquainted with the quality that was at Ohio Hi-Point through that experience," Price said.

Hi-Point Board of Education President Anne Reams said Price was the board's first choice among the six candidates interviewed for the position.

"He's just a very well-rounded educator at the principal level and at the superintendent level," Reams said. "He's personable, professional, intelligent. He has good vision and excellent listening skills He seemed like he's an excellent match to lead and guide the district and take our school to the next level."

Reams said the board was particularly impressed with Price's references - and not just the ones he provided. Board members visited Delphos City Schools and talked to community members in Delphos, including the fire chief, and everyone spoke well of him, she said.

"We felt like he had those qualifications we wanted in a leader and excellent references from his whole community," Reams said.

Price said he looks forward to building on the strong foundation for shared leadership Davis put in place at Hi-Point.

"My vision for leadership at Ohio Hi-Point is to develop a culture of distributed leadership, developing leadership," Price said. "It's not my vision, it's our vision - what the staff, the board and the community of schools want to accomplish."