Culture is the Heart of our District

Our culture is the heart of our school system. It makes Hilliard Schools a special place to learn and work,and it gives us a unique advantage. Building and sustaining the Hilliard culture requires intentional effort from everyone in the district. The VBO is part of that effort.

Values Behavior Outcome (VBO)

The VBO is a blueprint for our culture. It makes clear the specific behaviors & results we want from each of our values. The behaviors outlined in the VBO are essential to how we engage students in the classroom, and how we operate our schools. Our goal is to create an educational environment where everyone consistently engages in behaviors that produce exceptional outcomes.

What is culture and why is it Important?

Culture is not a document that hangs on the wall. Culture is what we believe, how we behave, & the experience our behavior produces for others. It is the foundation on which our education community is built. Written statements help clarify the culture, but documents don’t build culture … our actions do.

Our core values provide the standards for how we behave toward each other, our students & our community. Because our culture shapes behavior, it determines how effectively we execute our strategy. Culture eats strategy for lunch. Our success depends on the ability to collaborate and execute in a constantly changing environment. Culture aligns everyone in the district around a common set of values & behaviors that ultimately determine how we prepare our students for success.

Hilliard VBO


Dr. Marschhausen is the Superintendent of the Hilliard City School District in suburban Columbus, Ohio.


  1. Roy Kronsbein said:

    Excellent articles! I am hoping to become a Superintendent in the near future. Roy

    January 6, 2016
  2. Kimberly Swartz said:

    I couldn’t agree more. Culture surely does trump strategy. It is my hope that more people come to realize this as the key to educational success.

    January 13, 2016

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