BUCYRUS -- The Bucyrus City School District Board of Education took action Saturday morning at a special meeting to employ Matthew Chrispin as superintendent of schools, effective Aug. 1.
Chrispin, who was awarded a four-year contract, is currently the Superintendent of the Fredericktown Local School District. He replaces Kevin Kimmel, who has accepted the Superintendent position at the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center Aug. 1 after serving as superintendent for eight years in the district.
A reception to meet and welcome Chrispin will be held at the district administrative offices at 170 Plymouth Street on Tuesday, May 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and meet our new superintendent.
The Board of Education has been conducting a superintendent search for the past two months. The Board received assistance in the process from K-12 Business Consulting, Inc. who for 18 years has provides public school districts with search services customized to each district’s unique needs.
After the Board’s consultant developed a nine-page superintendent search profile that was based on input received during seven staff/community focus group sessions and from 98 survey responses from parents, teachers, administrators, support staff members and students, the Board reviewed the credentials of 15 applicants, many of whom were recruited.
Board interviews with six semi-final candidates were conducted on April 8 and 9. Two finalists returned on April 16 for a second interview with the Board where they heard a lengthy presentation from the candidates on their review of district information including student success measures, staff engagement and collaboration plans, and action plans to move the district forward short and long term.
“Mr. Chrispin’s overall experience and his successful track record as a superintendent, principal, and teacher made him a strong candidate from the beginning,” Dr. Paul Johnson, Board President, said. “We believe he has the energy and expertise to work collaboratively with the Board, the staff, and community to help establish an exemplary vision and direction to improve district performance. Under his leadership at Fredericktown the district has advanced in many areas including: increasing 4-year graduation rates from 84 percent to 98 percent, increased value added from bottom 2 percent to top 20 percent in state rankings and earned a state report card ranking of B in 2018.
"We are excited to have his leadership and the experiences he brings to our district.”
Chrispin has 16 years of experience in administrations including his current position as superintendent of the Fredericktown Local School District for the past six years. For six years between 2007 and 2013, he served as a high school principal and from 2003 to 2007 as assistant high school principal in the Marysville Exempted Village School District.
Before securing his first administrative position as an assistant high school principal in the Marysville Exempted Village School District, Chrispin began his educational career in the Worthington City School District in 1991, serving as social studies teacher, academic assistant, and was an assistant and head coach until 2003.
Chrispin has a bachelor’s degree in history education graduating cum laude from Ohio Dominican College in 1991– and has two master’s degrees - one in sports science awarded in 2001, and the other in education administration from Ashland University awarded in 2003.
In addition, he has completed all course work towards his doctorate in educational administration from Ashland University with plans to complete his dissertation. He has presented at statewide conferences for Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents and the Ohio School Boards Association.
“It is an honor to have been selected as the next superintendent of Bucyrus City Schools,” Chrispin stated. “Bucyrus is a community rich in history and community pride. I am excited and energized to be here and continuing the district’s focus on doing what is best for children, and with staff and community support, help lead and advance opportunities for all students in the district.”
Chrispin will have an as needed consulting contract to be utilized over the next few months for transition purposes into his new position and help prepare the district for the 2019-2020 school year.