Donald Horstman signs on as superintendent of the Ottawa-Glandorf Local School District.(Putnam Sentinel/Steven Coburn-Griffis)
Donald Horstman signs on as superintendent of the Ottawa-Glandorf Local School District.(Putnam Sentinel/Steven Coburn-Griffis)

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 best.”

D. Horstman will assume his new responsibilities as superintendent of O-G schools effective August 1.

The 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.