(6-6-17) According to media sources out of Lima, Bath Local Schools will hire current Assistant Middle School Principal and Athletic Director Rich Dackin as it’s new Superintendent of schools. The board will formalize the selection at its next board meeting scheduled for June 20th.

Current Bath Superintendent Dale Lewellen, who has been on the job since 2011, announced in late April that he was leaving to accept the Superintendent’s job at the Licking County Educational Center to be nearer to his family. At the same time Lewellen’s resignation was made public, it was also announced around that Dackin was one of the eight finalist for the open Perry Superintendent position.

Dackin is no stranger to Bath,  he is a Wildcat graduate and was a standout athlete for the Wildcats during his high school career.

Dackin will fill the third superintendent opening in the immediate Lima area, along with Bath and Perry,  Shawnee will also have a leader in place for the start of the school year in the fall.

Just released after story was posted (6-6-17) –

The Bath Local School District Board of Education has completed its search for a replacement for Superintendent Dale Lewellen, who will be leaving the district July 31. The Board intends to hire Richard Dackin, who is currently the district’s Assistant Middle School Principal and Athletic Director. Mr. Dackin has been employed by Bath Schools as a teacher and administrator since 1997 and was selected from a field of 15 candidates, and will be recommended for hire at the June 20th board meeting.

Board President Timothy McKinney

“We appreciate the interest from the strong field of candidates, and feel with the selection of Mr. Dackin, Bath Schools will continue to grow, thrive, and succeed.”