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Board sets May 15 target to find next leader

Online survey allows parents, residents to help guide selection

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The Grandview Heights City School District officially posted its superintendent position Monday, Feb. 10, with the goal of choosing the district's new leader by the May 15 board meeting.

Bill Reimer, assistant superintendent at the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, outlined the timetable for the search process at a special school board meeting held Feb. 4.

Reimer and Dale McVey, client services representative with the service center, will assist the board in the search. McVey retired as superintendent of Hilliard City Schools last year.

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

The board has authorized the service center to advertise the position with professional organizations both in Ohio and out of state and to approach individuals considered as potential candidates "even before they approach us," Reimer said.

It will be made clear to those people, however, that they will not be considered an official candidate until they apply for the position, he said.

The school board, district staff and community members will be asked to complete a leadership profile assessment to give their views on the skills or qualities they would like to see in a new superintendent and the most important needs facing the district. They also will be able to submit a question they would like the board to ask candidates.

The results will be used to help develop a profile of the type of candidate the board wants as the new superintendent, Reimer said.

The profile results will be submitted to the board ahead of a special meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 27, at which time the board will approve a final profile, he said.

The tentative deadline for applications is April 7 and paper screenings of the candidates will be held the week of April 14.

First-round interviews will be held the week of April 21 and second-round interviews will take place the week of April 28.

Community visits by finalists will be held the week of May 5, if needed.

The May 15 board meeting is the latest date for choosing a superintendent, said board member Jesse Truett, who will report to the board on the progress of the search.

The board may opt to hold a special meeting before that date to approve a hiring, he said.

Grandview's success and standing as a district will certainly result in a lot of interest for the position, Reimer said.

But the board likely will find no more than five or six candidates it will seriously consider, he said.

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