Hilliard Northwest News

Superintendent search

Board aims to name new district leader by March 11


Hilliard City Schools officials plan to seek feedback from faculty and community members as they contemplate a successor to Superintendent Dale McVey, who will retire June 30.

"These are the stakeholders who have supported our schools and who have helped build them into what they are today," school board President Lisa Whiting said. "It's important that they play a role and that this search reflects the value we have for transparency and openness."

The Educational Service Center of Central Ohio on Nov. 29 began the district's proposed timeline by formally posting the job opening in a variety of locations and through multiple organizations.

According to the proposed timeline:

* Community and staff surveys will be made available Jan. 7-22.

* The application deadline will be Jan. 29.

* Board members will conduct interviews Feb. 11 through March 1.

* Board members will announce the new superintendent March 11.

* The new superintendent will start July 1.

The school board opted last month to contract the Educational Service Center to assist with the search. In addition to posting the job opening through various networks, the Educational Service Center will assist the district with screening candidates, reference checks and the interviewing process.

It also will recruit qualified candidates considered best suited for the job, according to Bill Reimer, who represents Hilliard at the Educational Service Center and addressed board members at their Nov. 5 meeting when his organization and the Ohio School Boards Association made their pitches to assist in the superintendent search.

"You are a prime district for someone to want to be superintendent," Reimer said.

He said the best candidates are often those already employed by other districts.

"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 we can get for each district and while each district has different needs, all want excellence."

The cost to Hilliard will be based on the number of services provided. It will range from about $3,250 to $7,750.

Whiting said the board has yet to determine which of the services will be utilized, but she made it clear the Hilliard district will have the helm.

"The (Educational Service Center) brings a significant amount of experience, networking and talent to this process," Whiting said. "We are grateful for their support and guidance but are committed to making this decision based on what is best for the students, staff and community of the Hilliard school district."