Veteran Ross Board of Education member Steve Stitsinger announced his resignation Friday from the Butler County school system. The remaining board members are now seeking candidates to appoint to fill Stitsinger’s seat.

Butler County school board president unexpectedly resigns

Board of Education President Steve Stitsinger has resigned as of Friday for personal reasons, according to district officials with the Butler County school system.

Stitsinger, who has served more than a decade on the Ross board, told district officials he would be not be speaking publicly about the reason for his departure.

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The remaining four board members will now begin the process of appointing a new member, who under Ohio school law will have to be on the November ballot and win voter approval to retain the four-year seat through 2022.

School Board Vice President Ed Bosse told the Journal-News the board is saddened by the departure.

Bosse said Stitsinger, who is an attorney, “brought a lot of expertise in that area.”

“We will miss him dearly and we are losing a lot of experience,” he said. “It’s not a good day for Ross Schools, but we will move on.”

In recent years Ross Schools, which enrolls more than 2,800 students, has consistently been among the top academic performers in the region.

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The school board released a statement soliciting candidates for the open board seat. According to the board:

  • Applicants must be 18 years old, district residents and registered voters.
  • Those interested in being considered for appointment should contact Superintendent Scott Gates for an application at 513-863-1253 or
  • Questions regarding the vacancy can be directed to Ed Bosse, Vice President Board of Education, at 513-738-2315
  • School board applications are due by 4 p.m. April 28 and should be mailed to: 3371 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, OH 45013

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