Monday, May 14, 2001

Carlisle picks new school leader

No. 2 man moves up to superintendent

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        CARLISLE - The same qualities that impressed the Carlisle Board of Education when it hired Tim McLinden a year ago as assistant superintendent impressed its members this year during a search for a superintendent.

        Mr. McLinden was named superintendent, replacing Dennis Hern, who is retiring at the end of July after 33 years in education, the last four in Carlisle. Mr. McLinden was given a two-year contract in a special meeting last week and will earn $86,625 annually.

        “I think the things that stood out when we did the assistant search stood out again,” said board member Steve Simpkins. “He's very intelligent, very personable. We felt he would get along very well with members of our community.”

        One of the first tasks Mr. McLinden faces, Mr. Simpkins said, is making improvements to district facilities. He'll also assist the board as it evaluates another ballot issue following this week's defeat of a $6.57 million bond issue and 2-mill permanent improvement levy. Money from the issues was earmarked for classroom additions to Alden R. Brown Elementary and Carlisle Intermediate School along with improvements to other buildings.

Smooth change expected
               ""Our top priority is getting our facilities up to speed,” Mr. Simpkins said.

        The transition between superintendents will be a smooth one, especially with the resignation of Bonnie Milligan as treasurer. She will be replaced by Randy Stiver, treasurer of the Valley View Schools and former Franklin treasurer.
        Before to coming to Carlisle, Mr. McLinden spent 10 years as the Greeneview High School principal in Greene County. He also served as that school's assistant principal.

Years in education
               He started his career as a physics and math teacher at Yellow Springs High School where he also served as athletic director, coach and math department chairman before becoming a part-time assistant principal there.

        The Yellow Springs resident holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the College of Wooster and master's from the University of Dayton. “I have enjoyed my time at Carlisle. The folks have made me feel very welcome. Hopefully, I'll be able to step in and move forward - keep the progress going,” said Mr. McLinden, 50. “It will be an interesting challenge.”


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