Oyler principal, Craig Hockenberry, leaving CPS for Manchester superintendent job
Brian Mains, WCPO Digital
10:34 AM, Jul 2, 2013
6:13 PM, Jul 2, 2013
CINCINNATI - The principal who gained national fame for guiding Oyler School announced Monday evening in a letter addressed to staff and supporters that he will not return next year.
"Minutes ago I was notified that a Board of Education in the State of Ohio has voted to appoint me as its Superintendent of Schools. I have accepted. Therefore, I am resigning from Cincinnati Public Schools effective July 2013," wrote Oyler principal Craig Hockenberry in an email time stamped 10:13 p.m.
On Tuesday morning Hockenberry confirmed he was hired as the superintendent of Manchester Local Schools in Adams County. That district consists of Manchester High School and Manchester Elementary.
Hockenberry, and Oyler which is located in Lower Price Hill, gained national attention after the school was selected to be featured in a year long documentary project on American Public Media's Marketplace called "One School, One Year". The documentary chronicled the day-to-day activities of Oyler from the 2012 to 2013 school year.
The documentary highlights challenges and the slow transformation of the school and community in a troubled neighborhood after its renovated, permanent building reopened in 2012. Hockenberry was shown spending long hours in and out of the school engaging the community and promoting improvements.
"There were no easy days in Lower Price Hill, but thanks to hardworking students, parents, staff and the community of supporters, Oyler accomplished things many would have believed impossible," Hockenberry said in his letter.
Hockenberry said he pursued the superintendent job in Adams County because he was prepared for new challenges and further growth. He had been the principal of the Cincinnati Public School since 2001. In that time he forged more than 130 public and private partnerships to provide services that benefited the Price Hill community inside and outside of Oyler, according to a biography posted about him on the Manchester schools' website.
Hockenberry will replace Robert Ralstin, Manchester's outgoing superintendent. His affective start date there is July 29, according to Manchester.
"I have truly enjoyed my 20 years as an educator for CPS . . . I never committed so hard to anything in my life as I did the work that needed to be done at Oyler. I hope I did not disappoint."