LIMA — Bath schools did not have to look very far to find its next superintendent, with Assistant Middle School Principal and Athletic Director Richard Dackin set to succeed departing Superintendent Dale Lewellen.
Employed at Bath since 1997, Dackin was selected out of a field of 15 candidates, according to the district.
“We appreciate the interest from this strong field of candidates and feel that with the selection of Mr. Dackin, Bath schools will continue to grow, thrive and succeed,” board President Timothy McKinney said in a statement.
A Bath alumni, Dackin said he was looking forward to this new opportunity, looking back to his roots in the district.
“I think I’ve counted almost 38 years I’ve been in the district, going back to growing up and going to school here,” he said. “I’ve been a student, a teacher, a coach, an athletic director, an assistant principal and a parent. I’ve got five children myself, and three have graduated and two are in the high school.”
While Dackin will have to adjust to new responsibilities as superintendent, he said his familiarity with both the school district and the surrounding community will be a tremendous asset as he gets started.
“My strong point is the relationships already built here and the people I know,” he said.
Dackin hopes to build on what has already been accomplished under Lewellen, continuing to advance in technology and equipment.
“I want to build on the positive things that have been happening in our district in recent years, such as the new elementary building,” he said. “We’ve got a great staff and great kids, and I want to build on what’s already established, but yet still have a vision for the future and look at upgrading in technology, facilities and so forth and try to work collaboratively with the board and the community to seek those things out.”
Dackin will be recommended for hire at the board’s June 20 meeting. Lewellen will leave the district July 31 to become the superintendent of the Licking County Educational Service Center.