CW Schools name new superintendent


A familiar face will take the helm of Canal Winchester Schools in August.

During a special meeting July 6, the Canal Winchester Board of Education as board members selected current Assistant Superintendent Kiya Hunt as the district’s next superintendent.

“I am excited for the opportunity to continue working with Ms. Kiya Hunt as the district’s new superintendent,” said Board President Kevin Butler. “Over the past eight years I have worked with Ms. Hunt as a board member, and in that time, she has demonstrated leadership, professionalism, and vision. I believe Ms. Hunt is the person best positioned to continue to move our district forward in its mission to empower all students for success.”

The board will vote on a contract to formally hire Hunt at its July 18 board meeting.
Hunt fills the position vacated by Jim Sotlar, who resigned as superintendent effective July 31, 2022, to accept other employment.

Hunt has served as assistant superintendent at Canal Winchester Schools since 2014, leading the district’s human resources initiatives, acting as second-incommand to Sotlar, and working collaboratively with all departments in the district.

Prior to that, she was a principal and assistant principal at Pickerington Local Schools for six years. An educator since 1999, she has experience as an athletic director, high school biology teacher, and coach.

“Over the last eight years, the incredible teachers, staff, students, families, and community of Canal Winchester Schools have become my family and I’ve been honored to work with such a great group of committed stakeholders,” said Hunt. “I am excited to become the next superintendent and to continue to work together to make Canal Winchester Schools a great place to live and learn.”

Hunt is a licensed superintendent, principal, and teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Urbana University, a master’s degree in education from Marian College, and completed her superintendent’s licensure coursework at Ohio University. She is a Certified Professional Human Capital Leader in Education and a Credentialed Facilitator in culturally responsive practices. Hunt is a member of the Ohio Association of School Personnel Administrators, the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and the Central Ohio Human Resources Directors.

The Canal Winchester Board of Education will vote on a contract for Hunt at its regular board meeting at 7 p.m. on July 18,, in the board room at the Canal Winchester Schools Education Center, 100 Washington St., Canal Winchester.

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