The Van Wert City Schools Board of Education plans to approve a three-year contract to employ Mark Bagley as their next Superintendent, effective August 1, 2020. Mr. Bagley is currently the Middle School principal at Van Wert City Schools. He will replace the retiring superintendent, Vicki Brunn, who has served the Van Wert City Schools district as superintendent for the past two years.
The Board of Education initiated a superintendent search in January 2020. The Board received assistance in the process from K-12 Business Consulting, Inc., a superintendent search firm.
After developing a superintendent profile that was based on input received during six staff/community focus group sessions and from survey responses from 107 parents, community members, teachers, administrators, support staff members, and students, the Board reviewed the credentials of 16 applicants, many of whom were recruited.
Board interviews with eight semi-final candidates were conducted on March 2 and 3. On March 12, three candidates were invited back for second-round interviews. Before the Board interviews, a committee of approximately 50 citizens and district employees had the opportunity to ask each candidate questions during a meet-and-greet session. Participants then offered feedback on each candidate to the Board.
Anthony Adams, VWCS Board President, stated, “On behalf of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education, I am excited to welcome Mark Bagley as the next Superintendent of Van Wert City Schools. This has been a very difficult decision, due to the quality of our applicants. In collaboration with the input we received from our community participants, teachers, staff, and administrative team, we are confident Mark’s passion for learning and his dedication to maximizing every student’s success will serve our district well.”
Mark Bagley has educational leadership experiences as principal at Ohio-City Liberty Elementary School and assistant principal and principal at Van Wert Middle School. He began his teaching career at Ottoville before teaching junior high/middle school math at Van Wert Middle School.
Mark is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, past president and board member of the YMCA in Van Wert and a member of the Centurion Club. Mr. Bagley has several successful coaching experiences, including head basketball coach at Van Wert and head track coach at Ottoville. Mark has also taken several mission trips in the United States.
Mr. Bagley is a 1993 graduate of Taylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. He then earned a Master of Education from the University of Dayton in 2004. He completed his Superintendent Licensure Program through the University of Dayton in 2015. Mark and his wife Rachelle live in Van Wert and are the proud parents of Drew, who attends Taylor University, and Maria, a freshman at Van Wert High School.
“I am extremely honored to have been selected as the next Superintendent of Van Wert City Schools,” Mr. Bagley stated. “Van Wert has a long tradition of excellence, and I am looking forward to the opportunity of working collaboratively to take an already great school district to even higher levels.”