The Hillsboro City Schools have selected one of their own to lead them into the future.
Board of education president Bill Myers said Friday that Tim Davis, a 1997 Hillsboro High School graduate and current principal in the school district, will be the next superintendent.
The new hire will not be official until it is approved by the board, which has scheduled a special meeting for that purpose for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the board offices.
“This is just a dream come true – to have the opportunity to lead the district I graduated from and worked my way up from a teacher and coach through administrative positions and now superintendent,” Davis said Friday. “From the time I quit coaching and started in administration, this was the position I wanted to be in.”
Myers said current superintendent Jim Smith will retire effective July 31 of this year and that Davis will take over the next day.
There were about 15 applicants for the superintendent position, Myers said, some from within the district, some from without, some from near and some from far away. He said the board whittled the list down to six, interviewed them, met to discuss those six, then narrowed the list down to three “very highly qualified candidates.”
“Tim just has a passion for our people, for our students and for our community,” Myers said. “He’s done the work in the grade 4-5 pod and taken kids and raised them up a level even though the state kept changing the process. All those things were huge factors in our decision.”
Davis graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in business in 2001. He completed his master’s degree in educational leadership in 2008 from the University of Cincinnati, and finished his superintendent’s coursework at Xavier in 2013.
His education career started at Miami Trace in 2003, where he taught high school business for four years. He was also the varsity baseball coach for three years and a varsity basketball assistant coach for four years.
Davis returned to Hillsboro in 2007 to take the head boys basketball coaching position that he held for four years. He was an intervention specialist for one year, middle school/high school business teacher for two years, assistant middle school principal for two years, high school assistant principal for one year, and has been the intermediate principal since 20013.
He also coached the Hillsboro American Legion baseball team for six years from 2004-09.
Davis said he does not plan to make a lot of changes.
“We just need to be consistent with the things we’re are doing with K-12 education,” Davis said. “We need to develop a system that will be consistent in how to best meet the needs of all our students.”
He wants to start at the kindergarten level and get as many students as possible on the appropriate grade level and improve test scores by keeping students on grade level.
“I’d like to thank everyone for the opportunity,” Davis said. “Hillsboro City Schools have been very well supported by the community and I’d like to thank them for that, and hope it continues through my tenure starting in August.”
Myers said he hopes that tenure lasts a long time.
“We’re really excited as a board moving forward and seeing Tim have this opportunity,” Myers said. “We’re really hoping this isn’t a turnover position and we have someone – and we really believe we do – who will be here to the lead the district for a long time.”
Davis said that is his plan.
“I would love to end my career as superintendent of the Hillsboro City Schools,” Davis said.
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