The Milford board of directors is expected to appoint the district human resources manager as the new superintendent on Thursday, June 18.
John Spieser is poised to succeed 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 retires on July 31 after 38 years as an educator, including five as superintendent of Milford. Spieser is expected to take office on August 1.
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“After a unique and comprehensive process, the board is very pleased to come to a conclusion in selecting Mr. Spieser as the next superintendent,” said school board chair Chris Hamm.
“We are delighted that (Spieser) continues to move the Milford family forward”
“The depth and scrutiny of this process and the amount of data and information gathered enabled the Board of Directors to make an informed decision when selecting Milford’s next executive. We are delighted that Mr. Spieser continues to move our Milford family forward as we face new challenges and opportunities. “
Spieser began his educational career with the Milford Schools 26 years ago.
He taught life sciences at Milford Junior High for six years, then obtained his administrator’s license and worked as deputy principal at Mason High School, then Bethel-Tate High School.
Spieser served as Principal and Director of the K-12 Curriculum for Little Miami Schools, then Principal of the Glen Este Campus at local West Clermont Schools and, for 15 years, Clark Montessori High School in Hyde Park.
He returned to Milford in 2015 to serve for a year as High School Program Director before becoming Director of Human Resources 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 to Milford. It was the students, staff, families and the community that brought me back to Milford five years ago.
“I am so grateful to be the next superintendent,” said Spieser.
Some 24 people applied for the post of superintendent of schools in Milford.
The school board hired a representative from the Ohio School Boards Association for $ 8,500 to help with the research and more than 600 people took part in community surveys on the qualities deemed important to the next superintendent.
The school board selected nine people for the first round interviews, which were conducted by Zoom videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The list was reduced to three finalists, including Spieser, after that.
Last week, the finalists were interviewed by three different groups: the Milford Board of Education, a panel of Milford principals, and a panel of community, government and business leaders.
These last two panels then submitted their evaluations of the candidates to the school board.
A job offer was extended to Spieser after an executive session of the Milford Board of Education on June 11, and he accepted, district spokeswoman Wendy Planicka said.
The school board will vote on a contract for Spieser on Thursday in a meeting that will begin at 7 p.m. at the board’s offices at 1099 Ohio 131 in Milford.
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