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Marion City Schools Superintendent Search

The Marion City School District is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Superintendent. The Board of Education seeks an effective and experienced leader in education and administration. It is preferred that the new Superintendent will begin August 5, 2024.

Community Information about Marion

Marion City is a diverse community, and we take pride in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work in our district. Our county has approximately 36,000 residents of which about half reside within our district borders. Marion is located 45 miles north of Columbus in north central Ohio. Founded in 1821, Marion was the hometown of our 29th President, Warren G Harding. Marion offers the benefits of a small-town atmosphere while providing personal, cultural and recreational opportunities. It is a
city that enjoys a location that offers convenience and proximity of a major metropolitan area. We also have a strong manufacturing base that includes major employers such as Whirlpool, NUCOR and Wyandot.

Marion has become a cultural hub for our region in our downtown area for the visual and performing arts. The historic Marion Palace Theater is listed on the National Register for Historic Places, and showcases national performers, local talent and films. In 2021 Marion opened the Harding Presidential Library and Museum. We are also home to Mary Ellen Withrow, who was the first person ever to hold the office of treasurer at the county, state, and federal levels of government.

We have strong community partnerships with businesses and organizations such as Ohio Health, Ohio State University, Marion Technical College and well-established relationships with Marion Public Library, YMCA, Marion City Police and Fire Department, Tri-Rivers Career Center, and Marion Area Workforce Acceleration Collaboration. These entities play a vital role in the success of our students.

About Marion City Schools

Marion City Schools is fortunate to be in a community that supports the education of our youth and believes in a free, public education. In 2020 our renewal levy was passed, and our buildings are updated and are state-of-the-art in terms of space and technology.

Marion City Schools developed its three pillars to support its vision, namely how to provide a rigorous and innovative instructional model.

The three pillars are:
  • Leadership
    By 2024, MCS will reduce staff turnover and improve open enrollment ratio by 10%
  • Learning
    By 2024, MCS will maintain a 3 stars or better on all components of the Local Report Card and MCS will improve the school environment as measured through a reduction in discipline days (expulsion, out-of-school, in-school suspension) to less than 2,800 total days.
  • Legacy
    By 2024, MCS will achieve a 75% or better on the College, Career, Workforce and Military Readiness component on the Local Report Card.

District Mission

Marion City Schools' mission statement is to inspire a community of achievement. We ultimately define achievement for our students as being prepared for success after they graduate. We came up with our Three Pillars to help them achieve that success.

Our Three Pillars follow three distinct themes including Leadership, Learning, and Legacy. We want our students to leave high school with not only their diploma but also acceptance into a two-or four-year college, an adult training program, the military, or a high-paying, in-demand job.

That's just part of what makes Marion City Schools unique in the area. We offer innovative experiences, educational options and learning programs not available in surrounding school districts. We search for ways to prepare students for not only academic success but success in college and careers as well.

Leadership Criteria & Qualifications/Responsibilities

Our Superintendent shall be able to: 
  • Offer visionary and innovative skills along with an ability to create and implement our vision with input from internal and external stakeholders and implement action plans for ongoing district improvement;
  • Keep the Board fully informed and current with matters about the schools, one who can forge a strong partnership based on mutual trust and respect and can unify district leadership;
  • Become an active and contributing member of the school community and be comfortable with high visibility in schools and the community while being accessible;
  • Be a strong spokesperson with interpersonal skills who can publicly celebrate and market the successes of the school district and instill trust and unity in the community and at all staff levels by being approachable and collaborative;
  • Be decisive and innovative educational leader with a strong background in student achievement;
  • Be an educational team leader who can develop, supervise and support teaching and administrative talent, who inspires high- performance standards with accountability, and find satisfaction in the success of others;
  • Have successful administrative experience as a requirement.


June 28, 2024     
Announcement of Vacancy

July 19, 2024     
Application Deadline

July 25, 2024     
Interviews Begin

July 30, 2024     
Second Round of Interviews

August 2, 2024  
Board Action to Employ

August 5, 2024  
Preferred Start Date

*Timeline subject to change

Applicant Criteria

The Marion City School District Board of Education is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Superintendent. It is preferred the new Superintendent will begin by August 5, 2024.

Terms of Employment & Compensation

The Board will provide a competitive and negotiable compensation package. A multi-year contract with provisions for annual review and evaluation will be offered. The actual salary and benefits will be commensurate with the education and experience of the candidate.

Contact Us

For information regarding the position, please contact:
Wade Lucas
Client Services Representative
614.440.1978 or [email protected] 

For further information regarding the application process, please contact:
Jean Hanna
Human Resources
ESC of Central Ohio