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DeCamp to retire as Dawson-Bryant superintendent

Mar. 14, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

COAL GROVE, Ohio -- The Dawson-Bryant Board of Education is looking for a new superintendent after Dennis DeCamp announced plans to retire by June 30 due to changes in state retirement regulations.

DeCamp, 52, has been superintendent in the district for nearly five years.

Jim Payne, superintendent of the Lawrence County Educational Service Center, is helping in the search process.

The school board agreed Monday to post the position and begin accepting applications.

"We'll be advertising the position both locally and statewide," said Brad Miller, Dawson-Bryant treasurer. Applications for the job will be accepted through noon April 5, he said. "The board wants to hire someone at least by July 1."

DeCamp said he has been in education some 30 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent.

The resignation means he won't be able to work for two months (this July and August) before he can look for another job. "I would like to get back in education," he said. "Education is what I know."

DeCamp served as superintendent for Sciotoville community schools before taking the job at Dawson-Bryant.

"Dawson-Bryant is a better district than it was," he said. "We've made some changes. I feel like we accomplished something, but I am never satisfied. We accomplished a lot, and we did it without layoffs. We didn't cut personnel."

"The district is completely wireless," he said. "We've made changes in energy conservation that are saving the district over $200,000 a year. We've moved from effective to superior on the state report card. We have multiple iPads for our schools. We've made new policy measures, and we've added new playground equipment at the elementary school."

"My motto is to do what's best for our students," DeCamp said.

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