McVey Described as an Exceptional Visionary Leader
After 35 years in education including 15 years with Hilliard City Schools, Superintendent Dale A. McVey will retire effective June 30, 2013. McVey is described as a tireless advocate for students and public education as well as credited for leading Hilliard City Schools to its highest ever academic standing.
“Hilliard City Schools has been such a special place for me,” said McVey. “I have met involved and caring parents, amazing students and the most talented staff I’ve ever known. When I came to Hilliard Schools back in 1998, this district was already known for excellence and an outstanding community. Those traditions and standards will continue and I’m fortunate to have been part of the exceptional story that is Hilliard City Schools.”
“Dale is a leader among leaders,” said Board of Education President Lisa Whiting. “Ours is a special district and it takes someone with extraordinary talent to handle the complexities and challenges we face. Dale is an exceptional visionary. His leadership has led to excellence in our classrooms and providing a good value to our community.” Whiting went on to say, “the board has not identified the process for selecting the next superintendent, but will consider the interest of all stakeholders regarding this important decision.”
McVey was hired in 1998 as the district’s Assistant Superintendent and served as Interim Superintendent after Superintendent Roger Nehls resigned in June of 1999. McVey was officially named Superintendent in January 2000. He served as superintendent at Licking Heights Local School District for four years prior to his time with Hilliard Schools.
During the past 15 years, Hilliard City Schools has seen significant changes as the district’s enrollment grew from 12,000 to nearly 15,700 students today making it the ninth largest in Ohio. Hilliard City Schools includes a diverse student population with 39 different languages spoken and nearly 24 percent of students are involved in the free and reduced lunch program. The district spans 60 square miles and includes all or part of eight different municipalities.
McVey is credited with initiating the district’s 2020 plan, updating the mission statement and creating the vision statement of “a school system centered around the students and the work provided to them.” The 2020 plan engaged hundreds of community members, students and staff members and mapped out a strategic vision for the community and district expectations regarding what a Hilliard City Schools education was to look like in the 21st century.
During his tenure, McVey supervised eight school facility projects including the opening of three elementary schools, Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade School and Hilliard Bradley High School. He will oversee the plans for the opening of the Innovative Learning Center (ILC) in fall 2013.
Hilliard City Schools is expected to earn the state’s highest rating of “Excellent with Distinction” when final Local Report Cards are released later this school year by the Ohio Department of Education. Preliminary reports indicate that the district’s Performance Index reached another all-time high of 104.4, that students are again earning more than a year’s worth of growth, that all district Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurements were met and that every one of the 26 indicators were met.
In addition, McVey was recently awarded the Exemplary Educational Leadership award from the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) for region eight. Other highlights from his distinguished educational career at Hilliard City Schools include:
- Chairman of the Alliance for High Quality Education – a consortium of approximately 60 Ohio school districts, mostly high-performing and high tax effort districts, dedicated to the concept that school funding should be Ohio’s number one priority, that education is the single most important factor for ensuring sustained economic growth and that objectively determined, stable and adequate funding levels are the only way to guarantee appropriate educational opportunities for all of Ohio’s youth and satisfy the state constitution’s “thorough and efficient” clause;
- Hilliard City Schools achieved the second highest value-added score in Ohio;
- implementation of a districtwide technology plan to support 21st century learning;
- successfully negotiated five contracts with each of the district’s two employee associations;
- engaging the community during six redistricting efforts;
- opening Hilliard City Schools first dedicated special needs and typical peer preschool facility;
- fostering a deep commitment to professional development including offering more than 135 courses and seminars to staff last school year;
- creating the STEM Pre-engineering program, which has the highest enrollment in Ohio;
- working in concert with family and community to empower all graduates to thrive in the 21st century.
The board will formally act upon McVey’s retirement, effective June 30, 2013, at its October 22 meeting at Ridgewood Elementary School, 4237 Dublin Road.