Thursday, August 10, 2000

Springboro hires superintendent

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        SPRINGBORO — Longtime Princeton educator David Baker has been named superintendent of the Springboro Community Schools.

        His hiring this week leaves few voids in an administrative team that saw an exodus of eight people after then-Superintendent Gary Meier resigned in March.

        “It will bring stability to the district. I hope things can settle down,” board member Diane Trifiro said of Mr. Baker's appointment. “The board pulled together and found a candidate everybody can be happy with. Dr. Baker has a good solid background at Princeton. He's done virtually all jobs a superintendent does, and he came to the top of the pack.”

        Mr. Baker's priorities include developing a strategic plan for the district and showing the community that the administrative team and board will work together to provide the best possible education for the students in Springboro.

        “We're going to move forward, stop fussing and get some things done. We want to work together with the community,” he said.

        For 19 years Mr. Baker has been an administrator in the Princeton Schools, the last 13 as assistant superintendent. He was given a

        three-year contract by the Springboro board and will earn $97,500, about the same Mr. Meier was earning when he resigned.

        He was one of 20 applicants for the position and three finalists who met with community members in separate receptions before the board made its final selection.

        “I liked the way he interacted with the community,” Mrs. Trifiro said Wednesday.

        “With his appointment, the district now has all of its administrative positions except treasurer,” said Ed Perkins, a retired Warren County superintendent who has served as interim superintendent. “There are a lot of smiling faces. We've got a competent staff in place. None of them are rookies.”

        Mr. Baker, 53, lives in Evendale. He earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees all from Ohio State University. Before joining the Princeton district, he was a teacher and assistant principal in the Canal Winchester school district.

        Today will be Mr. Perkins last day, although he said he would be available by phone if Mr. Baker had questions. This week also marks the end of work for Ron DeWitt, the retired Loveland superintendent who has overseen the hiring of new administrators and teachers here as the district prepares for the opening of Springboro Elementary School.

        It will be up to Mr. Baker to review the administrative organization and decide whether to hire a director of pupil personnel, a position the board did not fill until the superintendent was hired. The board hopes to hire a new treasurer sometime in the next six weeks.


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