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Service center will help find next superintendent

Board hopes to name O'Reilly's replacement by March 31

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The Grandview Heights school board will work with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio as it conducts its search for a new superintendent.

"They will be serving in the same role as what you expect a typical search firm to be," board President Grant Douglass said. "They will be helping to lead the search for candidates both statewide and, we hope, nationally."

Superintendent Ed O'Reilly last month announced he would resign effective July 31.

Although the position has not yet been posted, the district already has heard from potential candidates interested in the job, Douglass said.

Representatives of the service center were scheduled to attend the board's meeting Tuesday, Feb. 4, to discuss the search process, he said.

While the final process is still to be determined, input from parents, the community and district staff will be an important part of the effort, Douglass said.

No specific timetable has been set, but the board would like to name the new superintendent by the end of March, he said.

"We don't want the process to drag on too long," Douglass said.

Board members have not discussed specific qualities, characteristics or experience they want in a superintendent, he said.

"We don't want to discourage anyone from applying," Douglass said.

"We would not be interested in having an interim superintendent," he said. "If the initial set of candidates does not result in an ideal hire, we will start the process all over again."

O'Reilly's early announcement of his intention to resign gives the board a head start on finding a new leader for the district, Douglass said.

Only a small number of area districts currently have open superintendent positions, he said.

The board's Feb. 4 meeting was set to include a report by Treasurer Tammy Rizzo on the district's financial situation as it relates to a potential operating levy on the November ballot, Douglass said.

The board will decide over the next several months whether a levy will be needed this year.

"As with the superintendent search, there are no preconceived notions when it comes to the levy issue," Douglass said. "Everything's on the table."

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