New Kings Schools superintendent already familiar with area: Meet Greg Sears

Former Mason Schools principal Greg Sears has been hired to lead the Kings Schools. Sears, who is currently an assistant superintendent in Hamilton County's Forest Hills Schools, is a long-time resident of Mason, the neighboring community to Kings school system. (Provided Photo\Journal-News)

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Former Mason Schools principal Greg Sears has been hired to lead the Kings Schools. Sears, who is currently an assistant superintendent in Hamilton County's Forest Hills Schools, is a long-time resident of Mason, the neighboring community to Kings school system. (Provided Photo\Journal-News)

Sears a former administrator in Mason School system, as well as being a resident.

The next leader of Kings Schools will be a school official familiar with southern Warren County.

Greg Sears, who is currently an assistant superintendent with Hamilton County’s Forest Hills school system, was approved as the new Kings superintendent during Tuesday evening’s school board meeting.

Sears is a resident of the adjacent Mason School system and a former principal with the district as well as assistant athletic director at Mason.

Kings Board of Education President Stacie Belfrom in recent statement prior to the board’s vote said: “We believe that our choice of Mr. Sears is right for our community and will enable us to continue with the progress we have made.”

“He will keep us moving forward in our efforts to improve overall student success, to continue the district’s fiscal stability, and to nurture, support, and improve our district culture.”

Sears said “I want to thank the Kings Board of Education for the opportunity to lead such an amazing school district.”

“I have always had such tremendous respect and admiration for the Kings School District and I look forward to connecting with staff, students and community as we work together to grow future learners,” he said.

Sears began his teaching career as a biology teacher with Madeira Schools in Hamilton County. His father, Bill Sears, is a former superintendent of Warren County’s Lebanon Schools.

Kings High School is regularly noted as being among one of the highest rated schools in a number of national annual rating guides.

The annual U.S. News and World Report ranking of top public high schools in the state most recently saw the high school listed at 32nd in Ohio.

In 2019 and 2020, Kings saw voters reject a $89.9 million bond tax for new school construction and renovations.

Belfrom said the search and review of candidates for the superintendent’s position, which is being vacated by Tim Ackerman on July 31, included “a thorough search using feedback from stakeholder meetings that included the community, parents, and staff.”

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The search, he said, used a staff survey and feedback from administrators, teachers and both the Kings Education Association and Ohio Association of Public School Employees.

Belfrom said, “Sears would begin the transition process through the summer and will formally start on Aug. 1.”

“I’d like to welcome Mr. Sears to the Kings family. He brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for students that will be invaluable to our district. We look forward to introducing Mr. Sears to you in the coming months.”

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