CROOKSVILLE — One may question the timing of Crooksville’s new superintendent of schools, but not his dedication to today’s students. Kevin Smith, 41, has undertaken his first role as a superintendent during the unprecedented situation brought on by COVID-19. However, his brief time in what he calls “the people business” has provided him a wealth of varied educational experiences.
The Delaware, Ohio native is a graduate of Muskingum University and resides in Zanesville with his wife, Kerrie, and 11-year-old daughter, Kelsie. He began his career in Lucas, Ohio where he first taught physical education before becoming a special education intervention specialist.
His tenure in Lucas lasted one year when he accepted a teaching position for Riverview Schools in Warsaw. In addition to his teaching assignment, Smith served as an assistant coach for football and basketball. He was also the junior high track coach.
After four years at Riverview, he accepted the head girls basketball position at Buckeye Valley High School. However, four years later he returned to Riverview when the opportunity to be their high school girls head basketball coach arose.
From 2014 — 2018, Smith served as the high school principal at Crooksville where he worked for then superintendent, Matt Sheridan. Following his tenure in Crooksville, he left for West Muskingum High School where he filled three administrative roles in two years. The first year he worked as the assistant principal and athletic director with the second year as West Muskingum High School Principal.
When soon-to-be leaving Crooksville Superintendent, Matt Sheridan, contacted him with the news that his position would be vacant at Crooksville (Sheridan had taken a position with Mid-East Schools), Smith applied for the job. His stint as the former Crooksville High School principal must have made a positive impression on the Crooksville Board of Education because they tabbed Smith to be their new superintendent.
One of the first impressions Smith has in his new position is that of the entire Crooksville staff.
“Everyone has adjusted really well to all the adaptations we have faced to start the school year,” stated Smith. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
With such a varied list of educational roles, Smith was reluctant to choose the role he most preferred because he says, “I’ve enjoyed all of them.” Beyond working to establish COVID-19 protocols, the first-time superintendent says he is “always looking for ways to enhance the curriculum and facilities.”
At the top of his facilities improvements is the playground for Crooksville’s elementary students. Smith also believes his experiences as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and principal has provided him a unique perspective as he progresses into his new role as superintendent. He also expressed his appreciation to the school board for having the confidence to hire him.
“I want to thank the Board of Education for the opportunity to serve as superintendent of Crooksville Schools and entrusting me to successfully lead this great district,” he concluded.