Mason High School’s interim principal can officially take the "interim" out of his title.
On February 23, the Mason City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved naming Dave Hyatt as the permanent head of Ohio’s largest high school.
The 20-year Comet veteran stepped up to lead Mason High Slast June following the departure of Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart. Before that, Hyatt was an MHS Assistant Principal and had also served as a Mason Middle School Assistant Principal, co-Athletic Director and teacher. Before coming to Mason, he worked at the collegiate level as a baseball coach, faculty member, dean of students, and athletic director.
“Dave brings a high level of integrity, strong work ethic, proven ability to develop and maintain good relationships, and dedication to all of our Comets! He will continue to make sure we are providing amazing learning experiences for students, supporting teachers and staff, and enhancing innovative, real world opportunities,” Dr. Kist-Kline shared with staff when she announced that Hyatt will lead MHS.
Hyatt appreciates the opportunity to continue to serve others.
“Mason has always been good to me. They provided me with numerous opportunities to find out what my strengths are… and with opportunities to grow. This isn’t work. This is a labor of love; I love walking through those doors each day,” Hyatt explained as he thanked the board and administration for their confidence in him.
The decision to hire Hyatt prompted applause and cheers when Kist-Kline announced her recommendation to the high school’s staff.
“When I announced to the staff that I’d be recommending him to [the school board] it was met with - not just applause - but thunderous applause that just kept going on. It was amazing to see the relationships he has built and I know that will help keep MHS moving forward.”
The district followed a rigorous hiring process because it was crucial to find the top talent for leading Mason High School. The search process began in January. After screening rounds that included having selected candidates complete a phone interview with an outside company, selected candidates completed an in-person interview and then finalists completed a performance task.
Knowing that Hyatt was ultimately selected for the position from a field of strong candidates bolsters his credibility that much more.
“You’ve done a great job here and we couldn’t be more pleased that you are going to continue in the role,” said Courtney Allen, Board President.