Spinner shares Kings vision
Now in his third Kings administrative post in about as many months, new district superintendent Tim Spinner is settling into the job, and recently visited The Knight Times to discuss his vision of Kings in the future.
“I jumped at the opportunity of being in a position where I can work with our entire staff, pre-K through 12, in making decisions that will have a positive impact on everyone,” said the 15-year educator.
Spinner, who just last June was still the Kings Junior High Principal, was hired over the summer to take the vacant assistant superintendent job. Spinner worked with John Lazares, who had stepped in temporarily to serve as the district superintendent. But in early September, Lazares announced his resignation, publicly expressing his confidence that Spinner was the right man to run Kings.
About a week later the Kings School Board appointed Spinner to the top post.
Spinner takes over a district that is undergoing lots of change – local change, due to population growth and a turnover in district administration, as well as changes from from new national trends in education.
Among Spinner’s first order of business was to find an assistant. He quickly hired longtime educator Larry Knapp, whom Spinner knew from his years at Edgewood City Schools.
Now, Spinner has his eyes on a number of initiatives, including evaluating the district curriculum, full implementation of national Common Core standards, new teacher evaluation systems, and further developing Kings’ relationship with the larger – and growing – community.
The sheer number of issues to juggle could be overwhelming.
“Ever since I became an administrator, either at the building or at central office, every day is different,” Spinner said.
Kings is now the third school district Spinner has worked in, but he said Kings enjoys strong community support for staff and students, which helps keep the district moving forward. This fits well with his philosophy as a leader.
“I’ve always felt that way, as a principal and a teacher,” he said. “You remove obstacles for the people that you’re working with and putting them in the best possible position to do their job.”
One of Kings’ strong suits, Spinner said, is its preschool program for 3 to 5 year olds. The early start begins a journey for Kings kids that prepares them to go into one of three “Blue Ribbon” elementary schools, and eventually up to a high school that is ranked in the top 3 percent in the country.
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Spinner earned his degree from the University of Cincinnati, and recently had the opportunity to meet with UC President Santa Ono. Spinner said he plans on collaborating with the university to provide students with vital preparation for college. Connections with Kings students at the college level is very important, Spinner said, and Kings offers dual enrollment courses through UC, Cincinnati State, and Sinclair.
“I would love the opportunity for our students to visit UC to see a college campus and the typical day of a college student so it can give them a better vision of what to prepare for,” Spinner said. “Also for representatives to visit here and talk to students and staff.”
Although he is new to the job, Spinner has essentially hit the ground running. He said he is very eager to help improve Kings, and is looking forward to the future.
“I’m very honored and proud to be in this position,” he said. “I believe whole-heartedly in what we do as Kings Knights and look forward to continuing our march as we make the leap from good to great as a school district,” he said.