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Superintendent – Licking Valley Local Schools

The Licking Valley Local Board of Education is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Superintendent. After serving as Superintendent in the district for 15 years, Dr. David Hile will be leaving at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year. He will be assuming the role of Superintendent of Vermilion Local Schools in August of this year.  The district desires an educational leader with a commitment to continuing excellence for all students. The Licking County Educational Service Center is assisting the Board in its search.


DISTRICT:                                              Licking Valley Local School District, Newark, Ohio

POSITION:                                             Superintendent

DATE OF POSTING:                            January 7, 2022

DEADLINE:                                            February 22, 2022 (no late applications accepted)

SCREENING INTERVIEWS:               March 1, 2022 and March 2, 2022

SEMI-FINALIST INTERVIEWS:         March 11, 2022, 5:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. and March 12, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

FINALIST INTERVIEWS:                   March 14, 2022, following Licking Valley Board meeting

STAKEHOLDER INTERVIEWS:         March 15, 2022 to March 17, 2022

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING/HIRE:   Week of March 21 – March 25, 2022

START DATE:                                     August 1, 2022


To Apply:

Send Cover Letter, Resume, Reference Letters (3), Salary Requirements, Current Ohio Superintendent License, Copies of Transcripts and Credentials to:                                   Mr. Dale Lewellen, Superintendent

                                                                        Licking County Educational Service Center

                                                                        145 North Quentin Road

                                                                        Newark, OH  43055



District Vision Statement:  Every adult helping every child learn and grow every day.


District Mission Statement:  The Licking Valley Schools and community will ensure academic achievement for all students in preparation for a successful tomorrow.


District Profile:  The Licking Valley Local Schools comprises 108 square miles and sits in the Licking River Valley surrounded by the rolling hills of eastern Licking County, 8 miles east of Newark, the county seat, and 45 miles east of Columbus.  Student enrollment hovers around 2,000 students, served by 275 staff members.  The school district is the hub of a tight-knit community of 11,000 residents that loves and supports its schools.  The district vision is: Every adult helping every child learn and grow every day!


The three school buildings of the district sit on a beautiful centralized campus, and the buildings and grounds are maintained to the highest standards.  The elementary building is an OSFC funded project completed and opened in 2007 and serves over 900 students K-5 in two separate wings: K-2 and 3-5.  The high school, built in 1999 and renovated in 2006/2007, during the OSFC project, serves 630 students with almost 100 of them attending the Licking County vocational school, CTEC.  The middle school was built in 1958 as the original junior high school/high school serving 530 students in grades 7-12.  After the addition of the new high school, the building became a middle school and was also renovated in 2006/2007.  The district serves 200 open enrollment students K-12, making it the district of choice in Licking County.

The district is progressive instructionally, having implemented 1:1 computing in grades 6-12 in 2012, and including 5th grade in 2022.  The district has implement standards-based teaching, learning, and grade reporting with fidelity K-12.  Licking Valley has also invested over $500,000 in school safety and security training and technology since 2012 and is a recognized leader in school safety and security in Ohio.

Licking Valley Local Schools has been recognized as a Best Employer in Ohio in both 2020 and 2021.


Please direct questions related to the application process or position to

Dale Lewellen, LCESC Superintendent via email at


To learn more about the district, visit the Licking Valley Local School District Website:

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