April 16, 2014

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Columbia Schools names high school principal new superintendent

COLUMBIA TWP. — The Columbia school board has tapped Columbia High School Principal Graig Bansek for the district’s vacant superintendent position.

Bansek will take over as schools chief Aug. 1, replacing John Kuhn, who was recently hired to take over the top spot for nearby Midview Schools.

The school board hired Bansek during a special meeting last week.

“We were very impressed with the wonderful candidates that applied for the position, but Graig Bansek brings unique talents to the table and has shown exceptional leadership in our district for the past five years,” said board President Cheryl Blazek in a prepared statement. “And we are excited to have him at the helm of our administrative team.”

Bansek had been a teacher and a coach for six years, and an assistant principal for three years in the Midview district until he was hired as principal of Columbia High School in 2004.

“There are top-quality educators and a first-class support staff in this district. I could not have asked for a better place to land my first position as superintendent,” said Bansek, also in a statement. “I look forward to working for and with this staff, being visible in the community and continuing the academic excellence this district provides to our students.”

Under Bansek’s leadership, Columbia High School received an “excellent” rating from the Ohio Department of Education for each of the five years he was there. The rating is based on state test scores.

“I welcome the opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started,” Bansek said from his home Tuesday night.

One of his first duties as superintendent will be to hire someone to replace him as principal of the high school, which he said he is already in the process of doing, along with help from high school staff. The district is accepting resumes, he said.

Contact Adam Wright at 329-7129 or awright@chroniclet.com.