Dr. Kevin S. Miller, superintendent of Ottawa Hills Local Schools, was honored today (December 11) with the "Superintendent of the Year Award" from the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA).
Dr. Miller received his honor during BASA's annual executive committee meeting in Columbus, Ohio. More than 700 individuals across the state are eligible annually for the award. Dr. Miller is automatically entered into the national superintendent of the year competition, the winner of which will be announced in February in Los Angeles.
"I am honored to receive this award, especially since it is voted upon by my peers," said Dr. Miller, who became the district's superintendent in June 2010. "The recognition is truly shared by everyone who contributes every day to making Ottawa Hills the top school district in Ohio."
Each year, the last five Ohio superintendents of the year form a committee to review the details of all nominee submissions. They send their individual scoring results to BASA, which undertakes the final tabulation.
"He is one of the most loved and respected superintendents in the state," said R. Kirk Hamilton, executive director of BASA. "Kevin is a great representative of the profession, not just Ottawa Hills. I don't know anyone who works any harder or is more deserving."
Under Dr. Miller's leadership, Ottawa Hills is the only district to receive all A’s for four consecutive years on the Ohio Department of Education’s Local Report Card. Under his leadership, the district in the past eight years …
- replaced an aging industrial technologies program with 21st century offerings that include STEM-related courses in computer programming, robotics, aeronautics, electronics, and modeling and simulation.
- revamped its math curriculum to move seventh graders into pre-algebra so they had the opportunity to pursue higher-level math classes in high school.
- added the “Acting Out” drama production for students in grades 4-8.
- refocused how services to gifted students are offered by bringing more of those services into the classroom rather than as specialized offerings outside the classroom (the state of Ohio identifies more than 60 percent of Ottawa Hills students as gifted).
- launched OH Global, a one-to-one computer program providing every student with access to a computing device for learning.
- established a “sister school” relationship with Yiling Senior High School in Yichang City, PRC.
- grew Advanced Placement offerings by adding courses such as AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Computer Science, and AP Statistics.
- became a founding member of CAPE-NWO (the Coalition of Advocates for Pre-K through 16 Education of Northwest Ohio).
- was a key force in the formation of the Ottawa Hills Schools Foundation, which earlier this year surpassed its initial $1 million fundraising goal.
"From the time he was hired, Kevin has always set high expectations for the district," said Brad Johnson, a current school board member who helped select and hire Dr. Miller eight years ago. "He insists on excellence. I can’t recall him ever compromising on that principle."
"Kevin's worth ethic is second to none and his strong moral values make him the obvious choice for this award," said Corey Hupp, president of the Ottawa Hills Local Schools Board of Education. "He is a man driven by his desire to see every kid succeed and that’s what it’s all about."
As superintendent, Dr. Miller manages the district's $14.9 million budget. The district has about 990 students in two buildings and about 130 employees, including 96 teachers and paraprofessionals.
Dr. Miller, 57, has spent 35 years as a public schools educator and administrator – all in Ohio. He began his career in education as a junior high and high school English teacher at Wayne Trace Local Schools in Haviland, Ohio. He taught in the classroom for 13 years and then moved into administration, serving in principal roles for seven years. In August 2003, Hicksville Village Schools in western Ohio selected him as superintendent. He served as Hicksville’s superintendent for seven years before joining Ottawa Hills.
Dr. Miller and his wife Carla reside in Ottawa Hills with their four sons, all of whom are students in the district. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Defiance College, his master of science degree from Indiana University, and his doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University.
About BASA: The Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves school superintendents and other administrators throughout the state of Ohio. BASA, established in 1969, is an affiliate of the American Association of School Administrators. The mission of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators is to inspire and support its members, develop exemplary school system leaders and advocate for public education.