The Sidney City Schools Board of Education is pleased to welcome Mr. Robert “Bob” Humble as the new leader of the district. The board held a special meeting Thursday, June 28, and unanimously voted to hire Humble as SCS Superintendent.
The Sidney Board of Education sought the help of the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) in April to facilitate the Superintendent search process. OSBA Director of Board and Management Services Cheryl Ryan led the board through the process. The district hosted a series focus group meetings at the Amos Memorial Public Library and Board of Education office with district stakeholders to hear the community’s perspective of the district’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as the traits and qualifications they desire to see in the new superintendent.
There was a total of 18 applicants for the Superintendent position. The Board underwent screening processes to narrow the field to six candidates, who were called in for interviews.
To the board’s surprise, they unanimously had Humble as their top pick.
Board President Bob Smith shared that going into the interviews, they had the feedback from the focus groups. Everyone had diverse opinions on what they wanted in the new superintendent.
“When we had the opportunity to interview Bob, everybody agreed this is the person we wanted to bring in,” said Smith.
Board member Linda Meininger echoed Smith’s remarks stating that it was kind of scary that everyone was on the same page. She expected the last person around the table to name someone different but every one of the members named Humble as their top pick.
The Board held two additional “meet & greet” style meetings with 10 teachers and administrators and 10 community leaders and Humble to make sure everyone was on the same page.
From there it was a matter of ensuring Humble had reciprocal feelings and negotiating his contract.
Humble, who is currently the superintendent at Fairbanks Local Schools, brings a wealth of experience to the district. He has been with the Fairbanks district for 10 years as its superintendent. During that time, the district has received state and national recognition for its academic accomplishments.
While at Fairbanks, Humble has also overseen the passage of four ballot issues for the district, with only one failing during his tenure. He has completed two building projects, including the construction of a new elementary school.
Prior to serving as superintendent at Fairbanks Local Schools, he was employed with the Clearmont Northeastern Local Schools in Batavia, where he was a principal before becoming the director of personnel/curriculum. While at Clearmont, he was named the “Administrator of the Year” by the Ohio Foreign Language Association in March 2007. While principal, the high school received its first “Excellent” rating on the 2004-05 Ohio Department of Education report card.
Humble has held a variety of jobs in the private sector as well, giving him a well-rounded wealth of knowledge and experience.
Humble received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Miami University in 1983. He received his Master of Education degree in education administration from the University of Cincinnati in 1997. He received post master’s training in education administration at Xavier University and holds a superintendent’s certificate for the state of Ohio.
Humble, with his wife, attended the board meeting and expressed his eagerness to come to Sidney.
“As I meet with people, I can tell everyone is very committed to the school district and so am I. I’m very happy to be here.”
Smith was complimentary of Cheryl Ryan and OSBA.
“OSBA, specifically Cheryl, was incredibly helpful in guiding and supporting the board through this entire process,” said Smith.
The board will continue its relationship with OSBA as they participate in some board development and training exercises in conjunction with Humble.
Humble and his wife Wendy have plans to relocate to Sidney. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Humble has been hired on a three-year limited contract effective August 1, 2018 at a salary of $130,000. He has also been authorized up to 10 paid days from July 1 through July 31, 2018 based on the initial per diem rate under the contract.