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Milford Schools human resources director set to be named superintendent


The Milford School Board is expected to appoint the district’s director of human resources as the new superintendent on Thursday, June 18.

John Spieser is set to take over from Nancy House as head of the Milford Exempted Village School District, which serves approximately 6,600 students in the city of Milford, Miami Township, Miamiville and parts of Goshen and Union Townships.

House is retiring on July 31 after 38 years as an educator – five of them as superintendent of Milford. Spieser is expected to take office on August 1.

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“After a very unique and extensive process, the board is very pleased to come to a conclusion in selecting Mr. Spieser as its next superintendent,” said school board chair Chris Hamm.

“We are delighted that (Spieser) continues to drive the Milford family forward”

“The depth and scrutiny of this process and the amount of data and information collected has enabled the board to make an informed decision when selecting Milford’s next leader. We are delighted that Mr. Spieser continues to drive forward our Milford family as we face new challenges and new opportunities.

Spieser began his education career with Milford Schools 26 years ago.

He taught life sciences at Milford Junior High for six years, then earned his administrator’s license and worked as vice-principal at Mason High School and then Bethel-Tate High School.

Spieser served as Principal and K-12 Program Director for Little Miami Schools, followed by terms as Principal of the Glen Este Campus at local schools in West Clermont and, for 15 years, Clark Montessori High School in Hyde Park.

He returned to Milford in 2015 to serve a year as Secondary Program Director before becoming Human Resources Director in 2016.

“Milford taught me about family”

“As a young teacher in 1994, Milford taught me about family,” Spieser said.

“Every experience I’ve had in other districts, I’ve always compared it to Milford. It was the students, staff, families and community that brought me back to Milford five years ago.

“I’m so grateful to be the next superintendent,” Spieser said.

Some 24 people applied for the position of Superintendent of Milford Schools.

The school board hired a representative from the Ohio School Boards Association for $8,500 to help with the search, and more than 600 people took part in community surveys about qualities deemed important for the next superintendent.

The school board chose nine people for the first-round interviews, which were conducted via Zoom videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The list was then narrowed down to three finalists, including Spieser.

Last week, the finalists were interviewed by three different groups: the Milford Board of Education, a panel of principals from Milford schools and a panel of community, government and business leaders.

These last two juries then submitted their evaluations of the candidates to the school board.

A job offer was extended to Spieser after a June 11 Milford School Board executive session, and he accepted, district spokeswoman Wendy Planicka said.

The school board will vote on a contract for Spieser Thursday in a meeting that begins at 7 p.m. at the board’s offices at 1099 Ohio 131 in Milford.

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