Mount Vernon News
Mount Vernon News
February 14, 2013 8:52 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon City School District’s Board of Education is progressing in its search for a new school superintendent after accepting the resignation of Steve Short.


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The Board of Education understands the importance of the involvement of staff and community members in the search process and is providing multiple opportunities for all stakeholders to provide input.

The Ohio School Boards Association is assisting with the search and on March 5, Kathy LaSota, the OSBA search consultant, will meet with staff and community members to discuss the search process and essential criteria for the successful candidate. A series of one-hour focus groups will be held in the district on that day. The conversation will focus on the following three topics:

•Major issues facing the district over the next three to five years.

•Professional qualities, skills and experiences essential for success.

•Personal characteristics to be sought in the next superintendent.

The schedule of events is as follows:

•7:30 a.m., elementary teachers, High School Theater.

•10 a.m., classified employees, High School Theater.

•Noon, Community leaders by invitation only — bring your own brown bag luncheon, The Station Break Senior Citizens Center of Knox County (formerly known as the Dan Emmett Conference Center).

•1:30 p.m., district administration, Board of Education Office.

•3 p.m. High School and Middle School teachers, High School Theater.

•4:15 p.m., classified employees, High School Theater.

•7 p.m. Open to all community members, parents, students, staff and business leaders, High School Theater.

LaSota will provide the Board of Education with a detailed report of the conversations which will help the Board to complete their profile of the ideal candidate, enhance their understanding of perceived future challenges and opportunities and assist them in setting specific criteria for the screening and evaluation of candidates.

The district has provided a link on the district website with a survey to complete for those who would like to participate but are unable to attend the focus groups.

Written comments may be submitted directly to Kathy LaSota at or call for more information at 614-540-4000.

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