As Bexley City School District Superintendent Michael Johnson prepares to leave the district at the end of July after 16 years, another change in leadership is taking place.

Paul Ross vacated the district's technology-director position at the end of June. Ross said he has accepted a position as the new technology director for the Federal Way Public Schools in King County, Washington.

Ross' departure comes before Johnson hands the baton to new superintendent Kimberly Miller, who is scheduled to start Aug. 1.

In his final report to the Bexley Board of Education on June 26, Ross reviewed the technology advancements he has overseen throughout the district over the past decade.

"It's been a great 10 years, and I've enjoyed providing support," Ross said.

Ross said the district's technological milestones over the past 10 years include the following:

* Implementation of a classroom-certification program, in which the information technology department inspects each classroom before the school year begins and certifies that its equipment and internet access is ready for students.

* Additional wireless internet access and recent upgrades of the access and repaired "dead spots" at Maryland and Cassingham elementary schools.

* Preparation for the migration of sixth-graders from Maryland, Cassingham and Montrose elementary schools to Bexley Middle School in August by working with middle school principal Jason Caudill to upgrade Smart Boards and other equipment.

Board President Melissa Lacroix said the district is in the process of searching for a new technology director.

Board member John Barno, who has served on the district's Technology Roundtable, which oversees technology developments, said Ross has been an invaluable asset throughout his tenure.

"He's been involved not only with the state of Ohio, but nationally with technology standards," Barno said. "It's going to be very difficult, if not impossible, to replace him."

Before joining Bexley in August 2007, Ross served for five years as the manager of the University of Denver's Faculty Technology Resource Center in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Originally from Australia, Ross holds a bachelor's degree in management-information systems from Colorado Christian University and a master's degree in applied science and technology management from the University of Denver.

Ross also has served as a girls field hockey coach in Bexley. He and his wife, Sophie, have three children and are expecting their fourth child in October.

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