Findlay Schools hired Kurt to be its new superintendent Monday, concluding a months long search by offering him a three-year contract.
“I’m extremely honored and blessed to have been superintendent at Margaretta Local Schools, but I’m also excited about the great opportunities ahead of me as superintendent of Findlay City Schools,” Kurt said.
Margaretta school board members will likely approve the superintendent’s resignation at their next meeting Feb. 17.
Leaving the local area was a difficult decision, but one filled with personal and professional opportunities, Kurt said.
“My wife and I are from here, my children all graduated from here, so it’s been very difficult to leave Margaretta,” he said. “I’ll always have a fond place in my heart for this school and community”
Kurt is in his 12th school year as Margaretta Schools superintendent, with his contract set to expire July 2016.
His start date with Findlay Schools is Aug. 1.
Kurt will receive $138,000 annually at Findlay Schools, with a 2 percent annual pay increase for the next two years, according to his new contract. Kurt earned $118,000 this year at Margaretta Schools.
Dean Wittwer, current Findlay Schools superintendent, is retiring in July after almost nine years with the district.
In the upcoming months, Kurt will collaborate with Wittwer until he officially transitions into the position. Likewise, Kurt said he will be available to assist anyone who assumes his job for next school year.
Findlay Schools has almost 6,000 students, while Margaretta Schools has about 1,200, but Kurt said he’s confident the skills he’s learned locally will help him shift smoothly.
“I’m a lifelong learner, and in my career, I’ve always pushed myself to expand my leadership role,” he said. “This is another step I can take in my professional growth, and I’m excited about that”
Kurt and his wife plan to attend the Findlay school board meeting Feb. 24, he said.
His contract requires they relocate to Findlay by August 2015, which he said they plan to do as soon as possible.
Kurt beat out Tod Hug, superintendent of Ayersville Schools, who was also vying for the Findlay Schools job. Initially Brent Welker, superintendent of Eastwood Schools, was also a finalist, but he withdrew his application after a fire destroyed his district’s administration building and bus garage Jan. 25.
On Tuesday, Kurt released a lengthy message on the district’s Facebook page announcing his departure.