Chad Hilliker to lead Loveland City Schools
The Loveland City School District has announced the search for the superintendent of the progressive, excellent-rated, Loveland Schools is complete. At the March 19 Board of Education business meeting, in a unanimous vote, board members approved Chad Hilliker as superintendent.
“We have a first-class educational experience for the students in Loveland, and research we conducted in the fall of 2012 showed us that the community supports the direction our district is headed,” said Christine Olsen, Loveland Schools Board of Education president. “The advances Dr. John Marschhausen made in integrating technology to improve instruction, implementing cutting-edge assessments to measure student growth and developing a culture that doesn’t fear change positioned this Board to consider how we could not only continue on this path, but further develop it. After thoughtful deliberation, we found our answer right down the hall from Dr. Marschhausen’s office – there is no better person to lead this district forward than Chad Hilliker.”
Originally from West Jefferson, Ohio, a small town outside of Columbus, Hilliker has lived in the Loveland City School District for 22 years. He is an educator with 22 years experience, serving students as an elementary teacher, high school coach, middle school assistant principal, intermediate principal and currently assistant superintendent of human resources. Hilliker worked in Indian Hill Schools from 1991 – 2003 before joining the Tiger Team, where he has spent the past 10 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University in 1991 and his Masters of Educational Administration from Xavier University in 1994.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to positively impact education in the city I have called home the past 22 years,” said Hilliker. “Loveland is one of the best school districts in the state built from the support of a community that understands the value of providing an excellent education to develop our leaders of tomorrow.
“Our dedicated staff recognizes it is our duty to educate the whole child, and help our students develop both academically and socially. As we move forward we will focus on how we can best use technology to support learning and how it can enhance our instructional practice. We must make sure our students are career and college ready so they have the best options after high school.”
Hilliker is proud to call his family a “Tiger Family.” His wife, Lisa, worked as a technology coordinator for Loveland City Schools from 2005 – 2008 and is currently a volunteer at Loveland Early Childhood Center and with the high school marching band. His three children, Jake, Joe and Ellie, all attend Loveland Schools. Jake and Joe are active in Loveland's instrumental music programs, including marching band, stage band and symphonic band.
“Mr. Hilliker is part of the fabric of this community given that he has been a resident the past 22 years; he offers a three-prong perspective to this district being a long-standing community member, a parent and an educator,” said Olsen.
“Whenever new families move into our school district I tell them we not only have a wonderful, caring school but a wonderful, caring community,” said Hilliker. “The entire staff at Loveland is focused on offering opportunities that meet the needs of all students. We have a community that is very supportive. My goal is to continue fostering positive relationships throughout our school district and make our Loveland Schools the best in Ohio.”
Hilliker will begin his service of a three-year, two-month contract as superintendent May 1, at a starting salary of $130,000. Dr. Marschhausen will remain working in a consulting capacity until June 30; he is leaving Loveland to serve as the superintendent of the Hilliard City School District.