Upper Arlington schools Superintendent Paul Imhoff has been named 2018 Superintendent of the Year by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.

The association announced the award Dec. 1.

"Paul is a leader among leaders," said Gail Kist-Kline, superintendent of Mason City Schools and one of the people who supported Imhoff for the award.

"Paul is truly a visionary," Upper Arlington Board of Education President Robin Comfort said. "He understands our community's unparalleled legacy of support for public education and is committed to keeping our district a national leader in education."

The Buckeye Association of School Administrators recognized Imhoff for efforts to "reinvent the strategic planning process" for UA schools during his tenure.

The private, nonprofit group that serves school superintendents and other administrators throughout the state said Imhoff's "innovative new hybrid planning process incorporated the best from private-sector and public-sector models and included thousands of points of contact with the community" that have resulted in "a focused, results-oriented plan with measurable goals."

"As the district works to fulfill those goals, it has implemented a one-to-one technology plan for students in all grade levels," an association press release stated. "In addition, Imhoff worked with the Upper Arlington Board of Education to conduct a two-and-a-half-year community-driven master planning process for its facilities.

"As a result of that process, the Upper Arlington community will be building a new high school and renovating or rebuilding all five elementary schools during the next four years."

Imhoff came to UA in 2013 after serving as superintendent of Mariemont City Schools east of Cincinnati. He also was assistant superintendent of Madeira City Schools and a building administrator in multiple Ohio districts.

"It was an honor simply to be nominated by my colleague, Dr. Gail Kist-Kline from Mason schools, and, of course, even more so to be selected," Imhoff said. "I truly see it as a recognition of our entire team in UA, including the staff, students and community.

"It is an exciting time to be in the UA schools and I am always happy when the work of so many is recognized."

Imhoff credited the school board, his staff and the community for dedication to quality education for local students.

He also hailed the collaborative effort of school officials to communicate the district's facilities needs to the public, plus participation by parents and other community members in planning for upgrades that resulted in the community's support of Issue 43 on the Nov. 7 ballot.

The levy and bond package voters approved included a $230 million bond issue that will finance the bulk of the reconstruction of Upper Arlington High School and renovations and reconstruction of the district's elementary schools.

"I am very proud of the level of collaboration with community members we experienced in our facilities master planning process," Imhoff said. "Our community is full of so much passion for education and so much expertise in every area.

"It was extremely rewarding to see so many people come together to support the needs of our students both now and in the future."

In addition to his role in Upper Arlington, Imhoff serves on the board of directors for Ohio Humanities. He is also chairman for the Alliance for High Quality Education and a member of the board of directors for the Midwest Suburban Superintendents Association.

This past spring, Imhoff was elected to a three-year term on the executive committee of the School Superintendents Association. He is the first representative from Ohio to serve on that committee in more than 20 years.

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