LIMA — Bath Superintendent Dale Lewellen has submitted his resignation with the school board to take a position as superintendent at the Licking County Education Service Center.
The board will have a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday to officially accept Lewellen’s resignation. Lewellen signed a three-year contract with LCESC on Thursday.
Lewellen replaces Nelson McCray, who served at the position 20 years. McCray submitted his resignation in January and plans to retire.
Lewellen has been at Bath for six years. His last day is July 31. He takes over his new position Aug. 1. He said he sought the position, in the Newark area, to be closer to family and he has always wanted to work with an ESC.
“My mother lives within a half hour of there and my wife’s family is also from that area,” Lewellen said. “I’ve always been interested in ESC, and I think they do good work. This is a good opportunity.”
Lewellen served six years as superintendent at Pandora-Gilboa prior to coming to Bath. He has worked 33 years in education.
“I will miss the people,” Lewellen said of his time at Bath. “It is a great community to live in. I want to say thank you to the community and the board. We all worked together, and it was a good team.”
During his tenure at Bath, the district approved a $25.1 million bod issue and built a new Kindergarten-fifth grade elementary building. The district also approved a one percent income tax levy and several renewal levies during his tenure.
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