UPDATE: City school board hires new superintendent

Piqua Schools official to begin new position Aug. 1


Bradley J. Hall, left, signs his superintendent contract Wednesday evening for his new position with Bellefontaine City Schools that begins Aug. 1. Also pictured are, from the left, Board President Joan Haushalter, Treasurer Keith Krieger, and members Anne Reames and Dr. Todd Heydinger. EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR

Bellefontaine City Schools Board of Education members concluded its process of selecting a new superintendent during a special meeting Wednesday evening, during which a current Piqua City Schools administrator was extended a three-year contract effective Aug. 1.

Bradley J. Hall, assistant superintendent at Piqua, will replace Superintendent Beth Harman upon her retirement, effective July 31. His salary was set at $113,000 per year.

“Mr. Hall impressed the entire board as being a collaborative and inspirational leader who sets high standards and expectations for himself and his staff,” Board President Joan Haushalter said.

“He has been described to us as hardworking, motivated, genuine, committed, ethical, professional and organized. He is also an excellent communicator who will build strong relationships with the school system’s staff, students and community members.

“Brad’s experience and background have uniquely qualified him to merge seamlessly into this district and continue to propel it forward.”

An educator with 21 years of experience, Mr. Hall has served in his current position for 5 1/2 years. He also has been an elementary school teacher, a K-12 reading teacher, an elementary school principal, and a middle school principal.

After he was extended the contract, the incoming superintendent explained some of the factors that attracted him to Bellefontaine Schools.

“In my current position, we look at Bellefontaine as a comparable district to Piqua, as they have many similarities.

“Also, Bellefontaine is in good financial standing and has great student achievement. The commitment of the community to build the new buildings is impressive as well, and it will provide students with great opportunities.”

Mr. Hall’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education, both from Walsh College/University in Canton. Accompanying him at the meeting were his wife, Amy, and their four children, Hudson, Hannah, Hunter and Hayden, who range in age from 11 to 18.

The board began their search for the new superintendent after Mrs. Harman announced her retirement in September. She will retire with 36 years of service to the district, which also has included the positions of a teacher, principal and curriculum director.

During the search process, members utilized the services of the Logan County Educational Service Center and Heather Neer. Then beginning in early November, the board conducted interviews with approximately eight superintendent candidates selected from the 20 applicants for the position.

“First, I promise you that all of us on the board felt a huge responsibility throughout the search process,” Mrs. Haushalter said. “There is no duty or obligation we, as a board, has that has a greater impact on our students and schools than the selection of superintendent, and the importance of this decision was felt by every one of us.

“We had quite a number of applicants, which is really a credit to the enviable academic and financial positioning Beth Harman and our treasurer, Keith Krieger, have achieved for Bellefontaine City Schools.

“With the help of Heather Neer and the Logan County ESC, we reviewed applications and supporting documentation, we conducted first and second round interviews, we visited the districts of the top candidates, and we followed up with extensive reference checks.”

The board meets for a regular rescheduled session at 6:30 p.m. Monday.