WADSWORTH: Superintendent Dale Fortner informed the Board of Education at its May session he will present the annual State of the Schools Address during the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Galaxy Restaurant, 201 Park Center Drive.
Fortner said he will discuss the achievements of the school system for the past year and make some forecasts for the future of the system.
Fortner also announced Steve Moore, now associate principal, will succeed Jerry Parsons to become the principal of Wadsworth High School. Parsons is expected to step down from that position.
Also leaving his post, Fortner will resign as superintendent effective June 30 after a decade at the helm. He has accepted a position as the Vice President of Human Resources at Sandrige Food Corporation.
Board member Jim McIlvaine lauded Fortner's "trust, respect, achievement… and tireless leadership" during his tenure as superintendent.
McIlvaine also detailed the steps by which Fortner's successor, Dr. Andy Hill, was selected.
According to McIlvaine, the board hired a professional research firm to find a new leader and received 39 applications.
Of those 39 candidates, six were selected as finalists. The list was then reduced to two and after interviewing 17 people at the Waterloo school district, where Hill is now superintendent, the decision was made.
McIlvaine noted the Waterloo interviewees were "profuse" in their praise and admiration of Hill.
"Work ethic, leadership ability, respect of peers, devotion to family and the desire to raise his family in a community like Wadsworth" were attributes of Hill, which McIlvaine listed.
Hill said he was "humbled, honored and excited to get started."
Also, Fortner said the Baccalaureate for the Class of 2013 is scheduled for 8 p.m. May 31, and the Commencement at 2 p.m. on June 2. Both events will be at Wadsworth High School, 625 Broad Street.