VAN WERT — The search is on for a new superintendent for Van Wert schools.
At the board meeting, Wednesday night, the board accepted Vicki Brunn’s resignation, effective July 31, 2020.
She came to Van Wert schools in 2018 and called the decision to retire “bittersweet.”
“I just did not plan on retiring this year. My mother passed away. I’ve had several life changes happen before, and my family’s not here anywhere anymore. My children and grandchildren are in California, so I’m going to retire this summer and move out there,” said Brunn.
Brunn’s educational roots run deep in the region, having started as a social studies teacher in Findlay and later a principal. She moved to Oxford, Ohio, and became a principal at Talawanda High School and later director of human resources. Her first superintendent’s job was at Central Local Schools in Defiance. She was there five years before accepting the superintendent’s job at Van Wert.
She gave the Van Wert school board plenty of notice of her intentions to retire.
“I feel so deeply about this district. If you run our search in January, you’re going to get some of the best candidates and if you wait too much longer, they’ve already gotten positions, and then it starts to shuffle and so I just wanted them to have the very best opportunity to replace me,” she said.
K-12 Consulting was hired at the Wednesday night meeting to conduct the search to replace Brunn.
She will help in the search for her replacement.
“They asked me to help with just screening applicants and maybe doing some background checks. I know a lot of the superintendents around the state of Ohio, and they know that I think it’s important to get the right person. So yes, they’ve asked me to at least be part of it to that extent. I won’t be in the actual interview process, however,” said Brunn.
So what will she miss about leaving Van Wert for retirement?
“Well, the people, and I mean, that might sound trite, but I’m telling you, we have an incredible staff here. I have an incredible board. They’re very supportive. They are on the board because they want to see the district succeed and they’re just very supportive. I love them all. An administrative team that’s second to none, our teachers, all of our staff, they’re really dedicated to our kids,” Brunn added.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.