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Superintendent Update

By Jim Smith



Well, what does one say at the end of a long career? I saved the best for last. Hillsboro has been that for me. I began my career as a teacher and administrator at Grant Career Center beginning in 1977. That lasted until 1998. I then began a long run of thirteen years as superintendent at Bethel-Tate where I retired in 2011. Since then I spent a year as interim superintendent at Winton Woods in Hamilton County and six months as interim business manager at Finneytown. I finally landed in Hillsboro in December of 2013 as your superintendent. Quite a journey that consisted of hundreds of athletic events, choir and band concerts, countless plays and awards ceremonies and lots and lots of board meetings which I have attended since 1984.


I can say without hesitation that my time at Hillsboro has been the best. What’s not to like…..a strong and supportive board, good finances, a wonderful staff and best of all, a very supportive community where the most important entity is the school district. I have thoroughly enjoyed my nearly four years here. From a personal perspective, I’ve made lifelong friends both here in the schools as well as the community. And professionally, I hope I’ve made a difference that bodes well for the district in the future.


Your new superintendent, Tim Davis, begins work August 1 just in time for the 2017-2018 school year. Tim has been a principal and assistant principal at HCS on three different levels….elementary, middle and high school. He’s from here (just like I was at Bethel-Tate). He cares deeply about Hillsboro and is committed to the school district. He will lead this district to great things over the next few years.


As for me, it’s time to hang it up at least from a full time perspective. I will still be active as a consultant and my other job as chairman of the board of Community Savings Bank. My wife and I will split time between our home in Clermont County and our place in Florida. We will come back to Hillsboro to visit. I will end this with a familiar line. Thank you for your support of me and most importantly, thank you for your support of Hillsboro City Schools!


Jim Smith


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Hillsboro City Schools
39 Willettsville Pike
Hillsboro, OH 45133

Phone: 937-393-3475
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