OTTAWA — Don Horstman, current superintendent of Kalida Local Schools, was hired as the new superintendent of Ottawa-Glandorf Local School District during a special Ottawa-Glandorf school board meeting Saturday.
Horstman, a 1988 graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School, will take over for the retiring Kevin Brinkman on Aug. 1 and will have a three-year contract, said Becky Leader, Ottawa-Glandorf school board president.
Eighteen people applied for the position, six candidates were interviewed, and two contenders were interviewed again, Leader said.
“We were most impressed by Don’s administrative experience, collaborative abilities, his ability to produce positive results for all students, and his ability to create a strong college-bound culture,” Leader said.
“As he is an O-G native, he is familiar with the district. He has indicated he will be actively involved in both communities,” Leader said.
Horstman earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Ohio State University in 1995, then earned a master’s in education from the University of Findlay in 2001.
After teaching social studies at Greenville Junior High and Bath Middle School in Lima, he served as assistant principal at Findlay’s Glenwood Middle School and as Kalida High School principal.
He became Kalida’s superintendent in 2008.
Horstman and his wife, Jennifer, have three children and live in rural Ottawa.
“I would like to thank the board for allowing me to have an opportunity to serve the students, staff and residents of the Ottawa-Glandorf community,” Horstman said in a statement. “I look forward to working in the district I grew up in, and where I have chosen to raise my family. This is a great place to live, and now I will have an opportunity to work in the community I am proud to call home.”