Mason City Schools hires new superintendent

Gail Kist-Kline (Source: Mason City Schools)
Gail Kist-Kline (Source: Mason City Schools)

MASON, OH (FOX19) - Mason City Schools has hired Dr. Gail Kist-Kline has its new superintendent.

Kist-Kline was the superintendent for Wyoming City Schools. She replaces Dr. Kevin Bright, who resigned after 13 years as Mason superintendent.

Kist-Kline was described by board president Debbie Delp as a "perfect match" when Delp announced Kist-Kline's appointment on June 6.

"Dr. Kist-Kline really fits the description of what this community wants. She has the 'know-how' to sustain and enhance what we currently provide, while being a wise steward of resources," said Delp.

"I am tremendously honored to be chosen by the Board of Education to serve Mason's children and families. I look forward to meeting students, staff, parents, and community members, and listening to their ideas and perspectives," said Dr. Kist-Kline. "Mason students have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, on the athletic fields, through the performing and visual arts, and in community service. I look forward to creating an environment in which students and staff members thrive and excel in their work and learning experiences."

Kist-Kline begins August 1, but will be in Mason several times before then to meet with the district's staff and school board members. A meet and greet is being held for her during the Mason  Heritage Festival on August 20.

Kist-Kline has been a teacher, an assistant principal in the Lakota Local Schools, a principal in the Princeton City Schools and at St. Joseph Consolidated School (Hamilton, OH), and has held several leadership positions at the central office level. She has also served as a faculty member at Miami University.  Before serving as superintendent in Wyoming, she was PK-12 curriculum director for Princeton City Schools and assistant superintendent of Wyoming City Schools.

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