Dr. Dan Keenan honored as Ohio's best superintendent

With more than 600 school superintendents in Ohio, being selected as the best in the state is an outstanding accomplishment. Westlake’s Dr. Daniel Keenan Jr. was named Ohio’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and honored during a BASA luncheon in Columbus last December.
The community of Westlake celebrated his achievement with a ceremony held in the rotunda of Westlake High School on Jan. 13 in which family, staff and students presented congratulatory messages of thanks to the school system’s leader. The evening featured accolades from students, teachers, principals and board of election members, as well as the honoree’s father, Dr. Daniel Keenan Sr., a retired superintendent of Steubenville’s schools.

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  • Westlake Schools Superintendent Dr. Dan Keenan thanks the audience for the ceremony honoring him as Ohio's 2014 Superintendent of the Year.

  • Westlake High School Jazz Band provided the music at the ceremony.

  • Thomas Mays, past president of the Westlake Board of Education, stated that "We knew we had it right" when Dr. Keenan was hired in 2007.

  • A video presentation by the high school video department captured comments from students and staff in a tribute to Dr. Keenan.

  • Ned Lauver, an assistant principal at Westlake High, slid across a table during his fun-filled comments to the superintendent in the video presentation.

  • Dr. Daniel Keenan Sr., a retired superintendent, addresses the crowd honoring his son.

  • Dr. Keenan, his wife, Heather, his sons, Danny and Mackey, and his brother, Charlie, listen to accolades during the ceremony.

  • Pamela Griebel, director of academic services, congratulates Dr. Keenan on being named Ohio Superintendent of the Year.

  • The Westlake High School Choral group performs.

  • Holly Lane teachers Amy Butcher and Karen Herzberger poke fun at Dr. Keenan for being a Steeler's fan during their speech.

  • Cathy Axcell, past levy chairperson, address the crowd in the rotunda of Westlake High.

  • Students express their admiration for Dr. Keenan.

  • Carol Winter, Westlake Board of Education President conveys her gratitude for his leadership of the school system.

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