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Ashland schools superintendent announces resignation

Ashland School District Superintendent Jay Hummel will step down June 30, at the end of his third year with the district, school officials announced Thursday. Hummel notified the school board Wednesday of his intention to resign.

Hummel began overseeing district operations in July 2013 after a two-year search for a successor for Juli DiChiro, who retired after 13 years with the district.

In its announcement, the Ashland School Board expressed its appreciation for Hummel’s "hard work and dedication," and wished him the best in his future endeavors.

Board Chairman Jim Westrick said Hummel’s relatively short time with the district could be characterized by "a focus on supporting teachers to continually improve their instructional skills, flattening leadership structures and ensuring operational efficiency."

In an email to district staff, Hummel said it was with mixed emotions that he was leaving the district and that his reasons were "entirely personal." He wrote that he "is proud of the work that they have accomplished together" and wished them all "nothing but the best."

"We all agree he has put the district on a great path, and his three-year tenure has been very productive," district Director John Williams said. "We will collaborate with the community on a search for his replacement."

Two community meetings are planned next week to allow Ashlanders to give ideas on qualities the board should look for in its search for the next superintendent.

The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Walker Elementary library, 364 Walker Ave., and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Ashland High School library, 201 S. Mountain Ave.

Jay Hummel