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Board taps ESC to aid district's search for new superintendent


The Educational Service Center of Central Ohio will assist the Hilliard school district in its search for a successor to Superintendent Dale McVey, who will retire June 30.

School board President Lisa Whiting said Nov. 14 that the board had decided to employ the ESC's services rather than going on its own or using the Ohio School Boards Association.

Representatives from the ESC and the Ohio School Boards Association made presentations at the Nov. 5 school board meeting. Both organizations outlined provided services in a search for superintendent, including candidate screening, evaluation and recruitment.

Bill Reimer is the ESC's representative to the Hilliard City Schools.

"You are a prime district for someone to want to be superintendent," Reimer told board members Nov. 5.

Reimer said the best candidates for the job are often seated superintendents who "are happy and not looking (to relocate)."

"They have a great job working with a great board ... but we want to see if they might have an interest in coming to Hilliard," Reimer said. "We go after the best (superintendent candidate) we can get for each district, and while each district has different needs, all want excellence."

The cost for the ESC contract will be based on the number of services provided. It is expected to range from $3,250 to $7,750.

Whiting said Nov. 14 that the board has yet to determine which of the services will be used.

In formal action at the Nov. 14 meeting, board members accepted the treasurer's report for September and a recommendation that allows Treasurer Brian Wilson to enter into a delinquent debt-collection agreement with the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

"It's a better deal for us to let (the attorney general) go after the delinquencies," Wilson said.

Board members also approved a recommendation authorizing Wilson to secure advances for real estate and personal property-tax revenue from the Franklin County Auditor's Office.

Whiting also recognized McVey at the meeting for receiving the Homer F. Mincy Award on Nov. 12 at an Ohio School Boards Association conference.

The Alliance for High-Quality Education bestowed the honor, named for a former Upper Arlington superintendent, for excellence in the pursuit of high-quality education.

Prior to the start of the meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 14, board members met for one hour in a closed executive session to discuss a personnel matter.

Whiting said the discussion was not related to McVey or the search for a new superintendent.