The Yellow Springs Exempted Village Schools Board of Education will approve a three-year contract to employ Terri Holden as their next Superintendent, effective August 1, 2019, at the special Board of Education meeting scheduled for May 14 at 8:00 a.m.
Dr. Holden is currently the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning at the Winton Woods City School District. She will replace Mario Basora, who has accepted a position as superintendent of Huber Heights City Schools.
The Board of Education initiated a superintendent search in March 2019. The Board received assistance in the process from the Greene County Educational Service Center, and K-12 Business Consulting, Inc., a superintendent search firm.
After developing a superintendent profile that was based on input received during six (6) staff/community focus group sessions and from survey responses from 110 parents and community members, teachers, administrators, support staff members and students, the Board reviewed the credentials of 20 applicants, many of whom were recruited.
Board interviews with five semi-final candidates were conducted on May 6th and May 8th. Three (3) finalists were invited to return on May 11th to meet with community and district staff ahead of a second interview with the Board.
Board President Steven Conn said, "The Board saw a number of excellent candidates, but in the end, Terri Holden was our unanimous choice to be the new superintendent of our schools. We were impressed by her deep understanding of curricular issues, by her self-evident capacities for empathy and understanding, and by her passion for kids and education. The fact that she was also the first choice of those people who attended our community forum only makes us more confident that she's the right choice to be our district's leader. We're thrilled that she's coming to Yellow Springs."
Dr. Holden has served as Executive Director of Teaching and Learning at Winton Woods City Schools for five years. Previously, she was the High School Principal at Winton Woods. Dr. Holden also served as High School Principal at Norwood High School. She has experience as an Assistant High School Principal at both Mason and Glen Este High School. Her English teaching career spans High School and Eighth grade English. Dr. Holden also was an assistant professor at Mt. St. Joseph College for one year. Dr. Holden received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati. She earned her master’s degree in Education and Reading in 1990 from Mount St. Joseph University. Dr. Holden received an Ed.D. degree in Literacy in 1997 from the University of Cincinnati.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to have been named as the next superintendent of Yellow Springs Schools. I will work tirelessly to continue the tradition of creating fearless thinkers, who engage deeply in learning, who place service to others above themselves, and who value and seek out diversity in all its forms," states Holden.
She further says, “I am excited to become a part of Yellow Springs and begin building relationships with staff, students, parents and the community. It takes a village to make a district successful, and with the input of internal and external stakeholders, we can begin to address the current challenges facing the district while boldly forging a future path for Yellow Springs Schools.”
Dr. Holden and her spouse Holly-Smith Conway look forward to making their home in Yellow Springs as soon as possible.