LIMA — After a lengthy search, the Allen County Educational Service Center will have a new superintendent beginning Aug. 1.
Dr. Dean Wittwer, currently the superintendent of Findlay City Schools, accepted the position at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday. The agreement will see Wittwer work in this capacity for two years at a salary of $95,000.
“He brings strategic planning and experience, being a superintendent at Wapakoneta and Findlay,” Allen County ESC treasurer Karla Wireman said. “We’re very excited that he accepted our offer, being also offered a position with the Ohio Department of Education. But he decided to come and help us through some transition time and bring some strategic planning.”
Wittwer’s work within the public school system, as well as his familiarity with the region, were also assets that the Allen County ESC coveted.
“He was a teacher at Shawnee and a superintendent at Wapak and Findlay,” Wireman said. “He’s also had a good relationship with his current ESC in Hancock County, so that’s an advantage, as well.”
Wittwer will not be coming in with a preset agenda, according to Wireman. Rather, his first goal is to settle in and get a lay of the land.
“He understood what we were looking for, and his first order of business will be to come in and meet the staff and take a look at the finances,” she said.
Wireman also noted that Wittwer will also be working with the ESC to a lesser degree even before his original Aug. 1 hire date.
“He’ll be available on an as needed basis in July, since his current position won’t be done until July 31,” she said.
With funding to Educational Service Centers across the state experiencing significant funding cuts, the Allen County ESC knew it needed to bring in someone who can guide the center into being a leaner, more fiscally efficient organization.
“ESCs are changing the ways that they can meet the needs of local schools, and he’ll help us with that transition,” Wireman said.