Fresh Start

THE SWITZERLAND of Ohio Board of Education took a major step in getting its district on the road to a brighter future Wednesday morning.

Board members were faced with the responsibility of naming a full-time superintendent, replacing outgoing Larry Elliott. It appears the school board made a wise selection, employing an individual with a solid background, excellent experience and a desire to be in his new venue.

Starting Monday, John Hall will be Switzerland of Ohio’s superintendent. It is a role that he has become accustomed to, serving three prior stints of running school districts. Obviously, such training will prove useful in his new post.

Moreover, Hall comes to Switzerland of Ohio with his eyes wide open. He realizes the challenges at hand and relishes the task he is undertaking. Hall embraces the community-based atmosphere the district offers.

Just as importantly, he has a daughter who will be a seventh-grade student in the district. That alone is proof positive he will be passionate about the long-range future of the district.

Hall realizes the district’s financial issues. But he also realizes that solutions can be found.

His hiring coincided with Ormet Corp. gaining a reprieve from PUCO. The Hannibal-based aluminum-maker does not have to pay its electric bill for August and September. The move enables Ormet to keep operating two pot lines while awaiting a long-term rate break.

Ormet’s good news is a positive for the school district. So Hall’s tenure is getting off to a solid start.

Also, the school district’s enrollment exodus was not as extensive as first reported. Athletic teams will also be able to bus to contests if booster groups or other outside support organizations pick up the tab.

The biggest item on Hall’s plate is the upcoming November levy. Voter approval of the funding request would be a potent shot-in-the-arm for the district.

We wish Hall the very best in his new assignment. We hope his hiring proves the catalyst for re-energizing a proud school district.