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Ohio Board of Education superintendent resigns after less than a month on the job

Steve Dackin, Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Ohio Department of Education
Ohio Department of Education
Steve Dackin, Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Ohio Department of Education

UPDATED JUNE 6, 2022 AT 11:40 AM EST.

After less than a month on the job, the Ohio Board of Education reports that its new Superintendent Stephen Dackin has resigned.

The Board's President Charlotte McGuire issued a statement on the agency's website.

In a resignation letter, Dackin said, "Concerns have been raised about my recent acceptance of the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction. I don’t want ‘revolving door’ questions to distract from the important work ahead for schools, educators, and especially the children. Children whose critical learning years have been disrupted by the pandemic need to be the focus of all our time, attention, and creativity.”

Dr. Stephanie Siddens will serve as interim superintendent of public instruction effective immediately until the State Board can appoint her as Interim Superintendent at the Board’s June meeting.

Debbie Holmes began her career in broadcasting in Columbus after graduating from The Ohio State University. She left the Buckeye state to pursue a career in television news and worked as a reporter and anchor in Moline, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee.