M-P’s Hall to step down as superintendent

Staff report

June 13, 2014

Madison-Plain Superintendent Bernie Hall is stepping down, for the second time.

Hall, who officially retired from Madison-Plains in 2000 as the district’s superintendent, will resign effective Aug. 1, it was announced Friday in a release to the Press.

He began his second tenure with the district in 2007 when he returned as interim superintendent after then superintendent Janice Streit passed away.

The Board of Education named Hall superintendent of Madison-Plains for the second time in February 2008. He first served as superintendent of the district from 1997-2000.

“To have the opportunity to serve the students as the superintendent again has been a privilege and professional capstone,” Hall said. “The opportunity and challenges afforded to me while at Madison-Plains have deeply shaped my life and professional career as an educator.”

Board President Kelly Cooley said the board will meet June 30 to discuss the next steps.

“Mr. Hall has given most of his professional career to Madison-Plains and has made many significant accomplishments,” she said. “We are appreciative of his dedication to the students, staff and our community. His leadership and institutional knowledge were invaluable in restoring the district when he returned seven years ago.”

Most recently during Hall’s tenure, the district renewed two levies; an operating issue this past May 2014 and a permanent improvement levy last November. The consolidation of multiple buildings to one campus and a contract negotiation with staff that changed contribution levels for insurance are notable initiatives during his leadership that saved significant dollars for Madison-Plains, officials said.

“The district’s sound position is a reflection of the hard work of every staff member working as a team to better serve the needs of each of our students,” Hall said.

A build-out of the district’s technology infrastructure during Hall’s tenure ultimately lead to the 1:1 iPad initiative at the Junior High. He and Treasurer/CFO Tim Dettwiller orchestrated the development of the Madison-Plains Improvement Plan that will move into year two this fall.

“In the past two years, the district introduced new courses of study in all four main content areas to comply with Ohio’s newest academic standards which is a significant undertaking,” Cooley said. “Madison-Plains also served as a pilot district for the state’s now adopted teacher and administrator evaluation system under Mr. Hall.”

Hall came to Madison-Plains in August of 1975 to serve as the principal of Fairfield Elementary and Transportation Supervisor. He held those dual roles until 1988 when he began serving as the assistant superintendent. His role expanded from 1993-1997 when he also took on an elementary principal role before assuming the superintendency for the first time in 1997.