Quincey Gray (Photo courtesy of Rainsboro Elementary)
Quincey Gray (Photo courtesy of Rainsboro Elementary)
The Greenfield Exempted Village Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to approve Quincey Gray as the district’s next superintendent, according to information provided by interim superintendent Ron Sexton.

Gray, a McClain High School graduate, has been serving as Rainsboro Elementary principal for the past six years. She has also worked as a principal at Tiffin Elementary in Chillicothe and was formerly employed by the Miami Trace Local School District as a curriculum director.

Gray replaces Sexton, who has served as interim superintendent since February, who in turn took over for former superintendent Joe Wills. Wills resigned last October, during his sixth year in the position.

Starting with the 2019-20 school year, Gray will be superintendent, and Sexton will move into a new role as Greenfield Middle School principal and as a consultant to the district.

“I am very honored to serve as superintendent of the Greenfield Exempted Village School District,” Gray said in a statement to the media. “There are many positive things going on in our district, and I am thrilled to be able to lead our staff and students as we advance further in the areas of academics, athletics and the arts. As a McClain graduate, I am humbled by the opportunity with which the Board has presented me. It is a great time to be a Tiger!”

According to board president Sandy Free, Gray has a “strong passion” for Greenfield’s students.

“The board’s decision to choose Quincey Gray as our superintendent was based on her years of experience and her leadership skills,” Free said. “She also has a very strong passion for the students here in the district. We look forward to handing her the reins and letting her move forward with the plans.”

School board member Eric Zint spoke about the process of selecting a new superintendent.

“I feel like the Board of Education had great success in the hiring of our interim superintendent, and we were able to carry that over to our current search,” Zint said. “We held outreach events to gather information from the community and staff about some of the qualifications that they would like to see in the next superintendent. The overwhelming response from staff and community was to hire someone local or someone with local ties who understood the community and the district. We interviewed four highly qualified candidate that met that description, and I believe we couldn’t have found a better candidate than Mrs. Gray.”

Zint said that under Gray’s leadership, he hopes to see the school district improve its overall grades, as their most recent Ohio Department of Education report card gave the district an overall “D.” He believes that Gray’s “vision” can help the district make improvements.

“I think our community would expect Mrs. Gray to build on the momentum that is already happening within the district,” Zint said. “Mrs. Gray speaks about creating a ‘Legacy of Leadership,’ and I am excited to watch her vision unfold. We can debate about the credibility of the state report card, but you know what, every school is graded, and when you compare our grades to schools in our area, we are failing. That needs to change with Mrs. Gray.”

School board member Mitchell said that Gray was selected after “much time and deliberation.”

“I expect Quincey to lead our system in making proper decisions about what is going on,” Mitchell said. “I feel the best person was chosen.”

School board member Charley Roman called Gray “a great hire.”

“Quincey will be a great asset to the Greenfield Exempted Village School District,” Roman said. “I personally look forward to working with her while I am on the Board. This is a great hire for our school district.”

Zint also commented on the decision to keep Sexton as an employee of the district.

“I feel like Mr. Sexton has done a wonderful job in his very short time as interim superintendent,” Zint said. “He has an obvious passion for education and children, along with tremendous experience in leadership positions, which will be a great asset in our middle school. As consultant, he will have the ability to help Mrs. Gray in her new role as superintendent as well as help the district in some other areas where he has experience, in particular some of our new building projects.”

With Gray and Sexton working together, Free said, “we know great things will continue to happen.”

(Editor’s note: Interim superintendent Ron Sexton contributed greatly to this article.)