Kevin Kimmel named new MOESC Superintendent

Bucyrus City School District Superintendent Kevin D. Kimmel was unanimously approved as the new Superintendent of the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC) by the Board of Governors during a special meeting February 13. MOESC serves 15 school districts and over 22,000 students from Crawford, Richland and Morrow counties.

Mr. Kimmel will remain as the Superintendent of the Bucyrus City School District until his appointment with MOESC begins August 1, 2019.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to lead the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center,” Kimmel said. “The services we provide are vital to the educational success of our member districts’ students and staff, and I am looking forward to strengthening the relationships with the districts we serve.”

The search that brought Mr. Kimmel to MOESC was conducted by long-time educational leader, and interim Superintendent for MOESC, Mr. Ed Swartz.

“Kevin Kimmel is at the right time in his career to bring leadership and forward thinking to Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center,” Swartz said. “His background of collaboration, strong work ethic and genuine concern for the education of all children will serve him well in the position.”

The Board of Governors selected Kimmel from an applicant pool of seven highly qualified candidates. MOESC Board President Mary Dixon is excited for the future of the organization.

“Under the leadership of interim Superintendent Ed Swartz, the Board of Governors worked diligently to find the best candidate to lead our organization and we were successful,” Dixon said. “Kevin held leadership positions in one of our partner schools, and we are thankful to Bucyrus who grew and groomed him and is now willing to share Kevin in a more challenging position.”

“Kevin exerted passion, concern and sensitivity towards the challenges MOESC is facing and assured the Board that he would work diligently to meet and overcome those challenges,” MOESC Board Vice President Doug Theaker said. “What inspired me the most is his willingness to leave Bucyrus after many years of success, and we are excited for Kevin’s vision and commitment to the future of MOESC.”

Kimmel began his Redmen career as the High School Athletic Director and worked his way to the district’s top leadership position during his 21 years of service to the Bucyrus City School District. He has served the past 8 years as Superintendent.

“It’s never easy to move on professionally when you have become so invested in your community,” Kimmel said. “Bucyrus is home for my family and I’m looking forward to my continued involvement in my children’s activities as they continue their education in the Bucyrus City School District.”

Kimmel is most proud of the development of strong relationships within, and outside of, the district, the many partnerships developed in the community and the district’s caring and supportive staff and administrative team.

“I’m very proud of the work we’ve done to expand the Five Star rated Preschool Program and the introduction of multiple career pathways for high school students,” Kimmel said. “We successfully implemented an Educational Options program that allows students to have a personalized educational experience and I’m very proud of the work being done through the Leader in Me program at Bucyrus Elementary School.”

The Bucyrus City School District will immediately begin the search for the next Superintendent of the district. Bucyrus Board President Dr. Paul Johnson said the board will convene to discuss the steps it will take moving forward.

“I’d like to thank Kevin for his dedication to the Bucyrus students, families and staff the past 21 years,” Dr. Johnson said. “He has been a champion for creating invaluable partnerships between our district and the community that will allow current and future Redmen to relentlessly pursue success.”

The Bucyrus City School District serves more than 1400 students, employs 225 professionals and works diligently to be good stewards of the $16 million budget the Bucyrus community provides for the education of its children. The district provides an individualized and personalized education to students through many different avenues, allowing every Bucyrus student the opportunity to relentlessly pursue success.

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 15 school districts and over 22,000 students in Crawford, Morrow and Richland Counties. Client Districts receive services from curriculum, gifted and special education consultants, speech pathologists, psychologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists.