Calvert superintendent plans to retire

Calvert’s superintendent and high school principal, Michael Kaucher, has announced his plan to retire at the end of his current contract June 30, according to a release from the Calvert Catholic School Board.

The Calvert School Board has created a search committee for its next superintendent with plans to have this individual in place by the end of the school year.

“I have loved my last four years here at Calvert,” Kaucher stated in the release. “I loved my first 12 years at Calvert. The Calvert community and the Tiffin community have been great.”

Kaucher started his career in Catholic education at Calvert in 1988 as a teacher and coach. Over the next 12 years, he moved up through the Calvert system, ultimately becoming dean of students and business manager.

Then, in 2000, a position opened up at Central Catholic High School in Toledo. Kaucher, a Toledo native, welcomed that opportunity to continue growing in his career.

“Obviously, Central Catholic is a very different environment than Calvert,” he stated. “It is a larger city school serving a diverse community. After three years as assistant principal, I was named principal and served in that position for 12 years. I felt I grew as a leader.”

In 2015, Calvert began a search for a superintendent, and Kaucher was excited about the opportunity to return to Calvert.

“I knew immediately that this could be the perfect capstone for my career in Catholic education,” he stated.

The Calvert School Board quickly hired Kaucher.

“Mike was the obvious candidate for the position,”stated Paul Burtis, president of the Calvert School Board. “Mike’s connection to Tiffin, his wealth of experience both at Calvert and Central Catholic, and his strong background in finance were exactly what CCS needed.”

In Kaucher’s four years, Calvert has balanced its budget, consistently increased teachers pay structure, helped grow its separate foundation and taken on — and paid for — major capital projects such as replacing all the windows in the high school building.

“I am proud of those things,” Kaucher stated. “But what I think of most fondly in these past four years is how the St. Wendelin students were welcomed into our Calvert family.

“It was certainly sad to see St. Wendelin High School close, but we immediately thought of reaching out to those families who still wanted to have their children receive a Catholic education,” Kaucher stated. “As the St. Wendelin students and parents got to know the Calvert community, any concerns they may have had melted away and it has gotten better and stronger each year. That was a total community effort.

“I certainly will miss being at Calvert and will miss the faculty, the students, the staff, and the entire terrific Calvert family,” he stated. “But I won’t miss the commute from Toledo, and I will get to spend more time with my wife and family in Toledo.”

“Mike will be missed,” Burtis stated. “He has been a strong leader and has made Calvert a stronger school system. On behalf of the school board and the Calvert community, we wish him and his wife, Christine, the very best.”