After several weeks of panels, focus groups, and evaluations, the search for the new Douglas County School District Superintendent is officially over! The selection process involved narrowing down a pool of nearly 1,100 potential candidates to just a hand full of finalists, and thoroughly screening each of the remaining contenders until a final vote from the Douglas County Board of Education would determine the winner. On April 5th, 2018, a unanimous vote from the Board of Education deemed Dr. Thomas S. Tucker as the sole finalist for the DCSD superintendent position. Dr. Tucker is currently serving as the superintendent of Princeton City Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was the first African American to hold an upper level administrative position in a major central Ohio district. However, his experience and merits in public schools do not stop there; along with his prior roles as superintendent, he has also been a teacher, principal, vice principal, and Director of Secondary Curriculum, all of which have accumulated to 29 years of experience. During his 29 years, Tucker has received the honor of ‘National Superintendent of the Year’ from the National Alliance of Black School Educators in 2013, and the American Association of School Administrators in 2016. He has also received praise for his ability to make significant reforms in his previous school districts, with minimal reliance on District funding. According to his colleagues and peers, Dr. Tucker has made a massive impact on several midwestern public schools districts: “I am confident that no superintendent in America has done more for his or her district than Dr. Tucker has done for Worthington Ohio in the past two years,” claims Charlie Wilson, the President of the Ohio School Boards Association. Given his long list of qualifications, experience, titles, and passion for educational service, it appears that Dr. Thomas S. Tucker could definitely have a very positive impact on the the future of Douglas County schools.
Story by Hannah Wankel