Superintendent Kevin S. Miller is resigning after nine years as leader of Ottawa Hills Local Schools to join the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), a statewide group representing Ohio superintendents and other top administrators.
“It has been my honor and privilege to lead Ottawa Hills Local Schools over the past nine years,” Dr. Miller said today. “The district has grown in many wonderful ways during that time, and we can all take great pride in that.” His last day with the district is July 31.
In his new position as BASA’s Director of Government Relations, Dr. Miller will focus on the state legislature, where he will seek to influence legislation that affects Ohio’s public schools. “It’s a unique opportunity to champion public education at the state level,” he said.
Earlier this year, BASA named Dr. Miller its “Superintendent of the Year” for 2019.
Under Dr. Miller’s leadership, Ottawa Hills has been consistently ranked as Ohio’s top school district. 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. As superintendent, Dr. Miller manages the district’s $14.9 million budget in support of about 990 students. The district has 130 employees, including 96 teachers and paraprofessionals.
“I look forward to finishing strong over the coming months as we continue to celebrate all that we are and all that we can be at Ottawa Hills Local Schools,” Dr. Miller said. “I am an incredibly blessed man to have been part of this school district and community.”
The Ottawa Hills Board of Education accepted the resignation at its February 19 meeting. No plans have yet been announced regarding the search-replacement process.
“I am especially thankful to the Board members who placed their faith in me to lead this school system on a daily basis, giving me the freedom to create a culture of continuous improvement in a supportive environment,” he said. “The results speak for themselves.”
Dr. Miller, 58, has spent 36 years as an educator and administrator – all in public schools in Ohio. He began his education career 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, where he served for seven years before joining Ottawa Hills in June 2010.
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. Established in 1969, BASA is an affiliate of the American Association of School Administrators and is based in Columbus. Its mission is to inspire and support its members, develop exemplary school system leaders and advocate for public education.
About Ottawa Hills Local Schools:
Ottawa Hills Local Schools is the only school district in Ohio to have earned all A’s four consecutive years on the state’s Local Report Card. This achievement continues our tradition of excellence, which we embrace at all grade levels and both inside and outside the classroom. We measure success daily through the combined efforts of teachers, administrators, and support staff in helping students achieve at levels equal to or exceeding measured ability. The district’s mission statement reads, “In partnership with our community, Ottawa Hills Local Schools challenges and inspires each student to realize his or her unique potential; to embrace learning as a lifelong process; and to become an active, responsible citizen.”