On July 19, 2021, the Northwest Local School District (NWLSD) Board of Education voted unanimously to hire the district’s new superintendent after conducting interviews. Darrell Yater, who was one of three candidates interviewed for the position that was posted by the Hamilton County Educational Service Center, was selected as the candidate of choice. Yater’s contract as the new Superintendent of NWLSD will begin on August 1, 2021.
“We believe that Darrell will be an excellent Superintendent for Northwest Local Schools,” said Mark Gilbert, NWLSD Board President. “He brings an immeasurable set of skills to the district. He is approachable, collaborative, goal driven, and growth oriented and his vision for the future of the district is impressive,” said Gilbert. Darrell’s contributions to NWLSD as an educator are not only recognized within the district, but nationally. In 2007, he was honored as the Milken Educator of the Year, an award only given to top educators around the country.
Darrell has been an employee of NWLSD for over 20 years. He has served in various capacities throughout the district, granting him a unique awareness and perspective of the district’s needs. He began his journey with Northwest as a Language Arts Teacher, and his career has led him down a path to also serve as a Curriculum Specialist, Building Administrator, and Assistant Director of Special Education. In 2018, Darrell was hired as the Assistant Superintendent, a role that he has been serving in ever since.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve this district as Superintendent,” said Darrell Yater. “I look forward to stepping into this role to help move NWLSD forward. As the district begins our transition into the new school year, I want our staff, parents, and our community to be confident that we will continue to stand strong as one NWLSD, continuing forward with our mission and vision to educate tomorrow’s leaders today.”