Reynoldsburg News

Dackin retiring as district superintendent

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Steve Dackin will end his tenure as superintendent of Reynoldsburg schools at the end of the school year.

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education accepted his resignation at its Nov. 19 meeting. It will take effect July 31.

Board President Andrew Swope said Dackin's retirement will open "another chapter in Reynoldsburg City Schools," but said he voted to accept the resignation "with a heavy heart."

"He has led our district in a direction that I don't think we would have gone had we had anyone else," he said. "It's hard to move on."

Dackin, 56, has been superintendent since 2007.

He succeeded Richard Ross, who had worked in the district for 20 years and is now the state superintendent of public instruction -- a post for which Dackin himself was a finalist in 2011.

He also served as principal at Reynoldsburg High School for about six years, starting in 1995. After that, he was director of Ohio's regional school-improvement services and was executive director of secondary curriculum and instruction for the Westerville school district.

Dackin returned to Reynoldsburg in 2005 to be assistant superintendent.

Board members credit him for innovative programs that have attracted state and national attention for Reynoldsburg schools, including the high school's career-based academies and its large focus on STEM (science, technology, education, math) programs.

In other business Nov. 19, board member Ryan Brzezinski agreed to accept a formal censure from the board for consuming alcohol at a volleyball banquet earlier in November.

"I apologize for bringing bad light to the district," he said.

The volleyball event was held at a banquet hall, not on school property, but board policy prohibits alcohol at school activities, regardless of where they take place.

District officials learned of the incident when a parent who attended the banquet reported seeing adults drinking alcohol.