Interim Superintendent Larry Knapp Takes Over Leadership Following Tony Orr’s Resignation
(Hamilton, Ohio) April 12, 2018 – The Hamilton City Schools Board of Education moved quickly and has named a new full-time superintendent after accepting the resignation of former Superintendent Tony Orr.
Larry Knapp, the school district’s business manager who also had been serving as interim superintendent, was named to the full-time leadership role.
In addition, the Board of Education intends to hire Mike Holbrook as the Associate Superintendent for the 2018-2019 school year in order for Mike to transition into the role of Superintendent beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.
Orr’s resignation ends an investigation that began in February of allegations that the former superintendent may have violated board policies, said Board of Education President Steve Isgro. Orr has been on administrative leave since the investigation began.
Isgro said the board won’t go into any more detail about the investigation, other than emphasizing it did not involve students in any way. “We understand that people may still have questions,” Isgro said. “But, ultimately, this is a personnel matter, and we will honor the privacy of all involved.”
“We know this has been a challenging, uncertain time,” Isgro said of the investigation. “We’re glad to now put that behind us and grateful that we had someone like Larry Knapp we could turn to as our next superintendent.”
Knapp has been with Hamilton City Schools for three years and has been a professional educator for 38 years, with 34 years in administration, including experience as a superintendent.
He said that background will serve him well in his latest stint leading a school district.
“I know what students, parents and teachers expect of their school leaders,” Knapp said. “I promise, first of all, to listen. We’ll communicate often and we’ll communicate clearly. And, always, students come first. We will live out our mission statement: The Hamilton City School District will prepare students for college, career and life.”