MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon City school board on Tuesday met with Ohio School Boards Association consultant Kathy LaSota to outline the steps which will be taken in the search for a new superintendent.
The group developed a tentative timeline for the search process, with community input to be solicited prior to the close of applications. Board members discussed the major qualities expected in a superintendent. The board is looking for someone with a broad educational background, proven leadership capabilities, unquestionable integrity and superior interpersonal and communication skills. It wants someone who is strong in both academics and operations, someone who has high expectations for student learning, someone who will be engaged with both the school community and the community at large and someone who can “think outside the box.” More specific characteristics will be determined after the community provides input at focus group sessions in March.
The board also reviewed a draft of a search brochure which will be distributed nationwide Feb. 25. The brochure includes information about the district and the community as well as general desired characteristics. Board president Margie Bennett said qualified people within the district may apply for the position, but they will not be given preferential treatment.
It is expected the first round of candidate interviews will be conducted the week of April 15 with the appointment of a new superintendent to take place by May 13.
The board then went into executive session to discuss the evaluation of personnel.
No action was taken.
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