The Bay Village Board of Education voted unanimously in July to appoint Karen Uthe-Semancik as the district’s next Director of Communications. Uthe-Semancik assumes her new role in August. She succeeds Karen Derby-Lovell, who recently retired after serving in the role for more than two decades.
A Bay Village resident, Uthe-Semancik most recently held the position of Communications Director for Menlo Park Academy, a school for gifted children in Cleveland. She has also served as Director of Marketing for Magnificat High School in Rocky River. She has worked as a community reporter for WestLife newspaper covering several Westshore school districts, and was a columnist covering pet ownership for the Elyria Chronicle Telegram for more than a decade. Her experience also includes owning a boutique communications firm and working in the nonprofit, broadcasting and advertising agency sectors.
“I am confident that Karen’s experience as both a reporter and a school communications officer will help us to continue to transparently share our district’s news and stories with the public,” said Jodie Hausmann, superintendent of the Bay Village City School District.
Uthe-Semancik is very familiar with the Bay Village City School District as a parent. Her son Alex, a 2019 Bay High graduate, attended the district schools since Kindergarten.
The Solon native is excited to begin work in the Bay Village Schools despite the immediate challenges this year caused by the COVID-19 virus. “It will be an honor to serve my adopted hometown’s award-winning school district,” she said.