Two rural school districts in Fairfie...

Two rural school districts in Fairfield County will share a superintendent | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 13 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 23, 2011, titled Two rural school districts in Fairfield County will share a superintendent | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Berne Union and Walnut Township school districts in Fairfield County hire shared superintendent, Dale Dickson, who will be paid $140,000 annually, with cost shared by the districts.

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Sundowner

United States

#1 Jun 23, 2011
Good for them, it is about time school district management is combined to eliminate waste. How about combining some of the 88 county commissioner boards now!!
dgg2004

Columbus, OH

#2 Jun 23, 2011
Sundowner wrote:
Good for them, it is about time school district management is combined to eliminate waste. How about combining some of the 88 county commissioner boards now!!
saving money while not impacting the students education....what a novel idea
Coleman the Clown

Independence, OH

#3 Jun 23, 2011
two down, a bunch more to go. Stop the school administration madness!

Since: Jan 11

Kent, OH

#4 Jun 23, 2011
I commend the Boards of Education for attempting this and Mr. Dickson for being willing to do it. I wish them all the best. I hope the communities involved will also adjust their expectations for the superintendent's involvement in school activities and community events. Hopefully this won't preclude continued study in those districts and elsewhere of actual consolidation.
Black Lion

Columbus, OH

#6 Jun 23, 2011
This is a good move. Ohio has 612 redundant school districts. Perhaps a few more. Each has its own school board, superintendant, multiple administrators and support staff. If these were combined to one per 88 counties we could save about $400,000,000.00 in Ohio. A good use for the savings would be to prepay for all extracurricular activities and sports so that school districts could not threaten to take them away every time they want a new levy. The levy would have to stand on its own merits for a change.
Happy One

Bellefontaine, OH

#7 Jun 23, 2011
Congrats to these two districts. Other small districts should consider the same move. Sharing of staff and resources would be another good move for these districts
Yeaaaaaa

Columbus, OH

#8 Jun 23, 2011
The upcoming budget cuts are working!!! Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency...

And go SB5!
All The Best

Coshocton, OH

#9 Jun 23, 2011
badger leader wrote:
I commend the Boards of Education for attempting this and Mr. Dickson for being willing to do it. I wish them all the best. I hope the communities involved will also adjust their expectations for the superintendent's involvement in school activities and community events. Hopefully this won't preclude continued study in those districts and elsewhere of actual consolidation.
The best superintendents are very involved in school and community activities. In small districts such as these, the school is the heart and soul of the community. Successful leadership will necessitate getting to know the families of the area. That means involvement in school and community events. It's true that schools that have the best parent and community support, are likewise very much part of the larger community. Good luck to these districts.
Maxwell Smart

Columbus, OH

#10 Jun 23, 2011
Wow, since most school superintendents have half a brain, that means each district will only have 1/4 of a superintendent.
Cornmeal Mush

Nelsonville, OH

#11 Jun 23, 2011
I have known Mr. Dickson for some time now. He is the perfect person for this kind of novel arrangement. He has often been willing to think "outside the box" as the trite expresson goes...and he has had his share of successes.
If anyone can make it work, Dale can do it!

Best wishes for success to all involved!
Team Al

Upper Sandusky, OH

#12 Jun 23, 2011
I believe that this is a wise move on the part of these small, rural schools. It will happen more and more as school districts attempt to cope with the budget crunch. Well done.
Anonymous

Dublin, OH

#13 Jun 23, 2011
Would love to know how many students are in the Walnut Township School District. Bet not that many. I heard that they may not have enough boys who want to play football next year.
Whatever

Pataskala, OH

#14 Jun 23, 2011
$140,000 is pretty sweet money for a superintendent to run 2 small districts. He's laughing all the way to the bank! So is the treasurer!

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