PIQUA — Longtime Piqua City Schools Superintendent Rick Hanes announced via press release on Friday that his next career move will be as vice president for Business and Community Partnerships at Edison State Community College.
Hanes’ resignation from the superintendent position will be effective July 31, and he will begin at Edison on Aug. 1.
“I am very excited about this career and life change. It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve at Edison ” Hanes stated in the release. “The best part is that I will remain in Piqua, where I will continue to cheer on my youngest child within the schools and community that I love.”
Hanes, who oversaw the Piqua City Schools district for 10 years, also plans to work on completing his doctorate degree at Miami University.
“I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the students, staff members, parents, board members, community members and business leaders who I have been blessed to work with over the years. Piqua City Schools is a great district supported by wonderful people,” Hanes said.
“It has been such a blessing and honor to serve here in Piqua and leaving is bittersweet, but I know that this is the next right step for me and it is just time. “I will always cheer for Piqua and I thank the community for this tremendous honor of serving the children of our district.”
In the press release, Piqua City Schools Board of Education President Frank J. Patrizio wished Hanes success in his new endeavor, saying that he will be missed and that he “guided the schools through difficult financial times, provided innovative changes to academia throughout the district and lead the effort to build three new elementary schools within the district.”
The next Board of Education meeting will be at 4 p.m. June 28, at Springcreek Primary School. Hanes resignation will appear on the meeting agenda, which will be available soon at www.piqua.org/BoardofEducation.aspx under “Public Access.” At that time, the board is expected to begin the search process.