ST. MARYS — “Never say ‘Never’” could be Howard Overman’s maxim to live by.
When he retired as superintendent of New Bremen Local Schools in May 2015, he told the Sidney Daily News, ““Don’t count me out down the road. If I miss it, I may come back. Never say, ‘Never.’”
He’s back. St. Marys City Schools named him interim superintendent and he took up his duties Monday, Aug. 1.
“The opportunity arose and I’m grateful,” he said. “I feel like I’ve got energy in the tank.” His is a 260-day contract. If the school board hires a permanent superintendent before the contract ends, Overman will be retired again. He understands that. In the meantime, “I have to be somewhere every day now,” he said.
Overman said the board came to him; he did not seek the interim position.
“Fortunately, there’s not a lot of problems (in the school system),” he noted. “I need to be in the forefront, to direct and lead. They want me to act as if it’s permanent.”
And is he a candidate for the permanent job?
“Never say, ‘Never,’” he laughed. “But no, not right now.”
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