WEST MILTON — After several months of searching, the Milton-Union Board of Education announced the hiring of a new superintendent at their meeting Monday night.
“I feel like this was meant to be,” new superintendent Dr. Brad Ritchey told the board. Ritchey was awarded a four-year contract.
Since 2013, Ritchey has served as the director of Parma City Schools in the Cleveland area. Ritchey has also worked as a principal and assistant principal, Dean of Students at C-TEC of Licking County, and a high school social studies teacher. Ritchey earned a doctor of philosophy from The Ohio State University in 2008. He also holds a master’s in education and a comprehensive social studies degree.
Ritchey, his wife Kellie, and their three children, Madalyn, John, and Jack, are looking forward to moving to the district, he said.
The district began its search for a new superintendent in February, following the announcement of Superintendent Dr. Ginny Rammel’s intent to retire after nearly 40 years with the district.
The district was assisted in the search by K-12 Business Consulting.
After developing a superintendent profile based on information provided by parents, district staff, and members of the community, the board reviewed the credentials of 15 candidates. The group was narrowed down to eight semi-finalists and two finalists, who met with the board on April 13.
The board welcomed Ritchey to the district and extended their congratulations. Rammel also welcomed Ritchey to the district, and told him that he’d be working with a great staff of administrators and teachers.
In other business, the board voted to place a 17-mill renewal levy on the November ballot. The levy was first passed in June 1992 as a combination of a 7-mill renewal and a 10-mill new levy. The funds are used for operating expenses, district treasurer Kay Altenburger said.
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