Springboro school administrator changes plan to stay in district

June 27 – A key administrator who had accepted an offer to leave Springboro Schools has backtracked and will remain with the school district as assistant superintendent.

Last week, the Springboro School Board approved a three-year contract for Carrie Hester, effective immediately.

Hester served as Deputy Superintendent of District Operations. She also served as Acting Superintendent of Schools for the 2019-20 school year, after Superintendent Dan Schroer was furloughed. Schroer eventually pleaded guilty to theft from power.

Last month, local schools in suburban northwest Cincinnati voted to hire Hester as their new human resources director, with the decision taking effect August 1. At the time, Hester told the Dayton Daily News that she was “excited about the opportunity” to serve local schools in the Northwest, which is her home district.

This move will no longer take place.

“The school board and I have worked together to keep our incredible administrative team intact,” Superintendent Larry Hook said. “I am delighted that Ms. Hester will remain at Springboro Schools as the new assistant superintendent.”

Hook is a finalist for superintendent of the Forest Hills School District, east of Cincinnati, and was named a finalist for the state superintendent of public instruction. He interviewed the Forest Hills School Board last week, but no decision has been announced.

In a statement Monday, Springboro Schools said Hester “will only serve as acting superintendent during Mr. Hook’s absence. Ms. Hester will focus on the district’s strategic plan alongside Superintendent Larry Hook, while continuing to oversee the human resources department.”

“Ms. Hester has excelled in her roles as Director of Human Resources, Acting Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Operations at Springboro Schools,” said Board Vice Chairman Jamie Belanger. “We are grateful for the strong leadership that Ms. Hester will continue to provide our district as assistant superintendent and we hope that she will remain an integral part of the district’s leadership team.”

Hester joined Springboro Schools in March 2018 as District Human Resources Manager before transitioning to Assistant Superintendent of Operations. After serving as Acting Superintendent for the 2019-20 school year, Hester transitioned to her role as Assistant Superintendent of Operations at Springboro Schools after Hook was hired in August 2020.

“I am honored to continue to be a part of Springboro Schools, which continue to provide opportunities that enable growth as an administrator,” Hester said.

Martha K. Merrill