ST. PARIS, Ohio (WDTN) – The Superintendent of a local school district has announced his departure shortly after the fourth consecutive failure to pass a school levy.
Kirk Koennecke was named Wednesday as the next superintendent of Indian Hill, a suburb of Cincinnati, from a small pool of finalists. He will begin serving as the Superintendent at Indian Hill in July. In the meantime, he will continue to assist the Board with the transition at Graham, according to the Graham Local School Board of Education.
“The Graham Board of Education fully understands why the Indian Hill Schools would offer Kirk a superintendent position,” said Graham Board President Ryan Pine. “Kirk and his wife Susie have been important contributors to this team the past three years, and we wish them nothing but continued success.”
Koennecke said of Graham Local Schools, “This is a wonderful school district. My team here is one of a kind, and these dedicated Board Members have been stellar. The children of Graham are so special to me, and so many staff who do so much with so little to make amazing things happen in our classrooms. I’ll miss that.”
Koennecke continued, “There are so many examples of innovation our students and staff have led to improve our services and offerings to families that I am so proud of. Graham’s community is so lucky to have such a hard-working staff here. Now, I look forward to new challenges and the opportunity to live and work in a unique school community such as Indian Hill.”
“Kirk made an immediate, positive impact on our school community. Our next superintendent will help us continue the work to realize our shared vision to create future-ready students.” Pine said. “This news supports the decision that when we hired Kirk, our Board put trust in the right leader.”
On May 7, voters rejected a levy for Graham Local Schools. Koennecke called the failure to pass a levy for the fourth time “a devastating blow” to the district.
According to officials, the district now faces more than $600,000 in additional budget cuts as well as student fee hikes for 2019-2020. Busing and operating budgets will be further reduced for the next school year.