PIQUA — The Piqua Board of Education named Dwayne Thompson as the new superintendent for Piqua City Schools after returning from their executive session during their meeting on Tuesday. The board’s executive session lasted approximately three hours Tuesday evening.
Thompson is currently the director of curriculum and instruction for Piqua City Schools. A former student of the district where he works, Thompson has a lengthy resume with the district, having taught at South Street, Favorite Hill and Bennett schools, before serving as principal of Favorite Hill for several years.
Thompson was already set to replace Dave Larson as the assistant superintendent of Piqua City Schools after Larson submitted his resignation in February.
Thompson will now be taking over for Rick Hanes, who has been the superintendent for Piqua City Schools for the last 10 years. Hanes will be leaving his post on July 31 to be the vice president of Business and Community Partnerships at Edison State Community College.
Hanes will assume his position at Edison on Aug. 1. Hanes also plans to work on completing his doctorate degree at Miami University.
“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,” Hanes said in a press release earlier this week. “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.”
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