OTTAWA — During a special meeting of the Ottawa-Glandorf Board of
Education on Saturday, the board quickly dispensed with two critical
items of business: the appointment of a new superintendent and the
acceptance of a board member’s resignation.
Following a two-month
search to find a replacement for the district’s outgoing superintendent,
Kevin Brinkman, the board announced its decision to appoint local son
and O-G graduate, Donald Horstman, to the position. Horstman, who served
the Kalida Local School District as superintendent for the past six
years and as high school principal for the preceding five, remarked that
the change is bittersweet.
“This community (Kalida) has been very
good to me,” he said. “But this position with Ottawa-Glandorf, I’m
really excited about it. It’s a chance to come home. It’s hard to turn
down an opportunity like that.”
The appointment of Horstman, who
is the son of OG board member Ronald Horstman, necessitated the board’s
other item of business, accepting the elder Horstman’s resignation from
the board. In a letter delivered to the board and read by Board
President Becky Leader, R. Horstman said, “It is with both joy and
sorrow that I submit my resignation from the Ottawa-Glandorf Board of
Education. I am happy and proud that my son will be the next
superintendent of OG schools. At the same time, I will miss the
involvement in the operations of OG schools.”
R. Horstman served
on the board for over 12 years, having completed three full terms and
vacating this, his fourth term, to which he was elected in November of
2013. Board member Becky Leader stated that, as a consequence of his
son’s consideration, Horstman recused himself from all deliberations
regarding the position of superintendent, leaving the decision solely in
the hands of the remaining four board members.
In closing his
letter of resignation, R. Horstman exhorted Secretary Kathy Fruchey and
the remaining board members to maintain their high standards and
prodded, “Remember, I have grandchildren in OG schools and I expect the
D. Horstman will assume his new responsibilities as superintendent of O-G schools effective August 1.
board must now fill R. Horstman’s seat. The vacancy will be filled on
or before the board’s next regularly scheduled meeting on June 11. All
applicants must submit a notice of intent, in writing, to
Ottawa-Glandorf Superintendent Kevin Brinkman. The board may interview
interested candidates to ascertain their qualifications.