The Canal Winchester Local School District will use the Ohio School Boards Association to help search for a new superintendent.

The Canal Winchester Local School District will use the Ohio School Boards Association to help search for a new superintendent.

The board of education agreed at its Aug. 20 meeting to pay the OSBA $6,900 plus expenses to conduct the search for someone to replace Superintendent Kimberley Miller-Smith, who announced in July she would retire on Dec. 31.

Officials devised a tentative schedule for the search process on Aug. 23, according to board President Debra Waites. The proposed schedule indicates that recruitment and marketing activities will begin this week and conclude the first week of October.

During that time, community and staff focus groups will be organized to provide input on the search for a new superintendent.

The deadline for applications for the job is Oct. 4. The OSBA screening committee will meet Oct. 9 to review the applications and then will provide the board with a report and recommendations on Oct. 11.

Interviews of candidates are expected to begin on Oct. 17. After that, references of the candidates will be checked and another round of interviews could be held Oct. 29-30.

The board is expected to enter into contract negotiations with the selected candidate the week of Nov. 5.

While no date has been officially set for a new superintendent to begin working in Canal Winchster, Waites has said at previous meetings that the board hopes to have someone in place before Miller-Smith leaves.

In other action Aug. 20, the board approved the reinstatement of random drug testing of high school athletes at the same level of testing that was performed for the 2010-2011 school year. The number of random drug tests conducted in the 2011-2012 school year was reduced because of financial reasons.

The board also authorized the district to seek bids for the purchase of a 54-passenger handicapped/lift school bus and a 77-passenger school bus.

In addition, the board voted to sell or trade in six of the older school buses in its fleet of 50 buses.

"We have not been able to use them as spares in the manner we'd like," Treasurer Joyce Boyer said.

Miller-Smith reported that the bleachers at the high school building, which are more than 30 years old, are to the point that they cannot be repaired. She was directed to investigate the cost of replacing them.