School Board accepts Mason Superintendent resignation

MASON, OH (FOX19) - The Mason City Schools Board of Education officially accepted Superintendent Kevin Bright's resignation during its April 12 meeting.

In a news release, Mason School Board President Debbie Delp said, "The board appreciates Dr. Bright's dedication, determination and accomplishments throughout his time here. He saw our district through a challenging time of rapid growth, in which our students achieved at the highest levels in the state. Dr. Bright has been a visionary leader and a strong advocate for our students. He will be greatly missed.

The Mason City Schools Board of Education is now seeking community input as the 11,000-student school district embarks on a search to replace Bright, who is retiring in July after leading the district for 13 years.

The Board would like to know the qualities that parents, students, community members and staff are seeking in the district's next superintendent, and will give people a chance to share their ideas through an online survey as well as a public meeting.

You are encouraged to submit your ideas in a short, open-ended online survey at Using all of the information gathered through the survey and community forum, the school board will develop a profile of the desired skills and characteristics of the next superintendent.

A community forum will be held on April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Mason High School Small Commons to gather input from residents, school staff and parents.

In addition, the Board of Education is interested in meeting with community members who have human resources expertise to discuss the process for hiring the next superintendent. The Board encourages community HR professionals who are interested in sharing their perspectives to attend a public work session on April 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Central Office.

"Hiring the next superintendent is the most important decision we will make for a number of years. We want to listen to the community and have an opportunity to secure their feedback on the vision they have for our next leader," said Delp."We also want to make it convenient for everyone to participate in this process."

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