Trish Bennett, Editor
CIRCLEVILLE – Jonathan Davis said he is excited to begin his role as the superintendent of the Circleville City School District after being confirmed at Wednesday’s meeting of the Circleville Board of Education.
The board approved a three-year, $110,000 per year contract for Davis that will run July 1, 2016, through July 31, 2019, according to Kristen Rhoads, district treasurer.
The terms are just slightly lower than the $118,070 per year earned by Kirk McMahon prior to his retirement Dec. 31, 2015.
The board made the offer to Davis last week, and he officially accepted at Wednesday’s meeting.
“It has been a very humbling experience,” Davis said. “It’s been very positive. I’m excited, I think the staff is excited. It’s been a fun week.”
Davis said he grew up in the Kingston area and attented Zane Trace Local Schools. He did his undergraduate studies and earned his teaching license in grades 7-12 Social Studies from Shawnee State University, and later received his principal and superintendent licensure from Ohio University.
Davis said spending three years as the assistant superintendent for Circleville City Schools has given him a wealth of experience he believes will help in the transition to the top spot in the district’s administration.
“It had me doing a lot of things around the district, getting to have meetings and communication and relationships with everyone in every department and classification,” Davis said. “It gave me the opportunity to get my hands into a lot of different things and learn the district as a whole.”
He said when he accepted the job as assistant, he never dreamed the superintendent’s position would open so quickly, but his experience in the role and working with McMahon has been a blessing.
“It made me comfortable and confident that I could take the next step and benefit our staff and students,” Davis said.
Davis said he has ideas and goals he hopes to pursue in the coming years as leader of the district, but he first wants to meet with his faculty and staff.
“I want to be thoughtful as I move us forward as a district and collaborate with administrators and staff as a team to identify major initiatives we think will benefit our kids in the years to come,” Davis said. “I intend to have a lot of meetings to identify areas they feel we can improve upon to benefit our kids. I have my own ideas, but I want to make sure they align with what they feel is good for the kids as well.”
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal