New Albany – Plain Local Schools Director of Operations Ken Stark announced to staff that he has accepted a position as the Director of Business Services at South-Western City School District, pending Board approval next week.
“You amaze me every day with the high quality of work that you do,” said Stark in a message to staff. “From top to bottom it is truly impressive and I will be eternally grateful for having had the opportunity to play a small role. My hope is that I have somehow helped to make this district a better place today than it was when I arrived here.”
“I am incredibly thankful for the years of dedicated service Ken has brought to New Albany Schools and the community in general,” said Superintendent Domine. “I am continuously amazed by the extent of his knowledge of the district and his expertise makes a significant impact every day. So much of Ken’s work is seen by the public, but the amount of what we do not see to keep district operations flowing smoothly is amazing. Ken is a remarkable asset and will be greatly missed by all.”
Mr. Stark has led the efforts of the district from an operations standpoint for over 6 years, shepherding many initiatives and helping establish policy and process during his tenure. His duties include the oversight of all major operational systems including transportation, food service, custodial and maintenance, safety and security, Information Technology as well as overall campus facilities.
“I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Ken on this opportunity,” said Board President Laura Kohler. “His years of dedication to the district are greatly appreciated and well noted. He has worked tirelessly to advance this district and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for the advancements he has put in place to effectively manage such an impressive operation.”
Mr. Stark will work with Superintendent Domine and the administrative team on a transition plan over the month of December and will begin his new position on January 7, 2013. The New Albany – Plain Local School District will also begin the work to identify the next steps to finding someone to fill the role of district operations.