Hall stepping down as Madison-Plains superintendent

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(Posted June 17, 2014)

After almost a decade at the helm of Madison-Plains Local Schools, Superintendent Bernie Hall is leaving his post.

“After 38 or so years in education, I’m satisfied that I’ve done my part,” Hall said.

Hall’s resignation will take effect Aug. 1. He originally served as superintendent from 1997 to 2000, after which he officially retired from Madison-Plains. He returned as interim superintendent in 2007 after former superintendent Janice Streit passed away. He was named superintendent for the second time in 2008.

“To have the opportunity to serve the students as the superintendent again has been a privilege and professional capstone,” Hall said. “The opportunity and challenges afforded to me while at Madison-Plains have deeply shaped my life and professional career as an educator.”

Kelly Cooley, school board president, said the board will meet June 30 to discuss the process of replacing Hall. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the board office.

“Mr. Hall has given most of his professional career to Madison-Plains and has made many signficant accomplishments,” Cooley said. “We are appreciative of his dedication to the students, staff and our community.”

Most recently during Hall’s tenure, the district renewed two levies—an operating issue this past May and a permanent improvement levy last November. Cost-savings initiatives in recent years have included consolidation of multiple buildings onto one campus and staff contract negotiations that changed contribution levels for insurance.

“The district’s sound position is a reflection of the hard work of every staff member working as a team to better serve the needs of each of our students,” Hall said.

Hall and treasurer Tim Dettwiller orchestrated the development of Madison-Plains’ improvement plan, which moves into its second year this fall. Also during Hall’s leadership, the district built out its technology infrastructure which led to the iPad initiative at the junior high.

“In the past two years, the district introduced new courses of study in all four main content areas to comply with Ohio’s newest academic standards, which is a signficant undertaking,” Cooley said. “Madison-Plains also served as a pilot district for the state’s now adopted teacher and administrator evalution system under Mr. Hall.”

Hall came to Madison-Plains in August 1975 to serve as principal of Fairfield Elementary and as transportation supervisor. He held the two roles until 1988 when he began serving as assistant superintendent. Hall’s role expanded from 1993 to 1997 when he took on an elementary principal role before assuming the superintendent’s position for the first time in 1997.

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