Saturday, December 08, 2001

DeWitt helps out Loveland

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        LOVELAND — After a four-year absence, Ronald G. DeWitt will return to the Loveland Schools as interim superintendent.

        Mr. DeWitt, 68, retired in 1997 after a 40-year career in the district. He officially takes over Jan. 1, replacing Superintendent Michael Cline, who resigned to become superintendent of the Perrysburg Schools near Toledo.

        “We had four very fine gentlemen step up to help us out. We could not have lost with any of them,” said Kathy Lorenz, president of the Loveland Board of Education. “Ron spoke to us of his heart being in Loveland and his great desire to help us. He had a fine, fine reputation with our district.”

        Mr. DeWitt said he is eager to return and will meet with Mr. Cline several times over the next three weeks to ease the transition.

        “What an opportunity to go home! I really deeply enjoyed what I did,” Mr. DeWitt said. “It's a rare opportunity for anyone to stay in one community and watch it change and grow.”

        During his tenure in Loveland, Mr. DeWitt, a Deer Park High School graduate, was a high school teacher and basketball coach, and an elementary school principal. He spent the last 10 years in the district as superintendent.

        He holds a bachelor's degree from Miami University and a master's from the University of Cincinnati.

        The Loveland Board of Education has hired Effron and Associates to assist it in finding a permanent superintendent. That process will begin in January.

        yet for hiring a new superintendent. Mr. DeWitt said he would stay until a new superintendent is hired.


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