Haft leaving Clyde-Green Springs for job with Ohio Department of Education

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After six years as Clyde-Green Springs' superintendent, Dennis Haft is switching gears and taking a job with the Ohio Department of Education.
After six years as Clyde-Green Springs' superintendent, Dennis Haft is switching gears and taking a job with the Ohio Department of Education.

CLYDE — After six years as Clyde-Green Springs' superintendent, Dennis Haft is switching gears and taking a job with the Ohio Department of Education.

The Clyde-Green Springs school board accepted Haft's resignation Monday.

Haft starts work in Columbus Feb. 28 as the state coordinator for The high Schools That Work Program, a national school improvement model organized around key practices and conditions that improve how students are prepared for work, careers and further education.

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He said he had some informal conversations with a senior director at ODE, who thought Haft would be a good fit for the coordinator position.

"One more adventure before I retire," Haft said Tuesday.

When Haft accepted the Clyde-Green Springs superintendent's job in June 2016, he said he applied for the position because he thought he could make a major impact on a district level, as opposed to on a building level as he did as a school principal for roughly 450 students.

Before accepting the Clyde-Green Springs job, Haft was employed by Brunswick City Schools, where he served as the principal of Crestview Elementary School.

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Mixed emotions about leaving Clyde-Green Springs

Tuesday, Haft said he had mixed emotions about leaving Clyde-Green Springs for the statewide position, having made a lot of good friends and holding high respect for the district's staff members.

"I think the community is very supportive," Haft said.

Haft said some of his favorite memories as superintendent included Clyde High School winning the state football title in 2019 and voters' passage of a district operations levy in 2020.

That levy, a half-percent earned income tax, is used for educational programs and operations in the school district.

Clyde-Green Springs' school district thanked voters for the passage and noted it had been 15 years since the district had passed a new operating levy.

Haft said he thought the school board would be proactive on finding an interim superintendent and in its search for a permanent leader.

The Clyde-Green Springs school board announced it is working on a plan for an interim superintendent and will finalize those plans to be voted on at a special board meeting to be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at Clyde High School's Take Flight Center.

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