DELPHOS — When the Delphos school board began its search for a superintendent, members knew they wanted someone who could improve district communication.
The board believes it found that in Ayersville Principal Kevin Wolfe.
“One of the things that really stood out about Kevin was his ability to communicate with the board,” said board President Perry Wiltsie. “He will be an individual who will put together a team of people that will be united in a vision for the district, and he will be able to communicate not only to the staff but to the community.”
The board approved Monday a three-year contract for Wolfe. His annual base pay will be $95,000, and he will begin Aug. 1. Wolfe and his wife, Brenda, were at Monday’s board meeting.
“I am at a good place,” Wolfe said of his job at Ayersville. “If you are going to leave, it has to be the right job. And having done my student teaching in Kalida 20-plus years ago and knowing the area, when the Delphos job came along it intrigued me.”
Fifteen people applied for the position, and the board interviewed five. The board brought Wolfe and Ottawa schools Superintendent Kevin Brinkman in for second interviews.
Wolfe will replace Frank Sukup, who has served as interim superintendent since September 2011. Wiltsie credited Sukup with helping to stabilize the district.
Wiltsie said the board liked Wolfe's comfort level with the district.
“One of the other things is he really wanted to be here,” Wiltsie said. “There were so many positives in Delphos that he didn’t feel this was going to be someplace where he had to overcome a lot of really tough things. He felt there was a pretty good base here already.”
Wolfe is in his third year as the seventh- through 12th-grade principal at Ayersville schools. He has been in that position since 2010. He previously was an assistant high school principal at Sidney schools.
Wolfe began his career teaching at Kenton Middle School in 1994 and then moved to teaching at the high school in 2002. While at the high school, he was an administrative liaison and associate athletic director. He remained there until 2007.
Wolfe said he is glad to be back in a city school district, as he was earlier in his career. He looks forward to helping the district maintain its “excellent with distinction” state rating and continue to improve.
“I am not looking to make any drastic changes,” he said. “I am going to sit back and evaluate.”
Like every district, Delphos faces the uncertainty of school funding. Wolfe wants to look at other ways to bring money into the district. He mentioned talking to businesses and looking at windmill projects as possibilities. Any decisions, Wolfe said, will be based on research and sound information.
“We have to make sure we are fiscally responsible with the taxpayer’s money. That is what I want to make sure I am doing,” he said.
Wolfe said the district doesn’t just need the support of Delphos Jefferson families, but also of those associated with Delphos St. John's School. He hopes to bridge the gap between the two high schools.
“I think it is important to realize it is OK to have two school districts,” he said. “You just have to learn to coincide together and share services.”