Licking Heights superintendent Wagner taking same post at Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — In his 11 years as Licking Heights superintendent, Dr. Philip Wagner has dealt with one of Ohio’s fastest-growing student populations.

Now, he’s moving about 15 minutes north to another expanding district, one that, like Heights, will be greatly impacted by Intel’s $20 billion computer chip operation.

Monday night, the Johnstown Board of Education approved Wagner as its new superintendent. He replaces Dale Dickson, who retired after eight years, the district’s longest-serving superintendent.

“Given the incredible growth that is imminent for Johnstown, I believe now is the time to bring in a new superintendent so that he/she may have a year or two to learn about Johnstown, its culture, the incredible students, staff, and supportive community we have here before the exponential growth begins,” Dickson said upon his retirement.

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