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Marschhausen plans to review district's goals, initiatives

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After about three months on the job, Hilliard Superintendent John Marschhausen said he has learned a new definition for work and play.

Marschhausen delivered a report to board members Oct. 14 recapping his first 100 days as superintendent, a benchmark he reached Oct. 8.

"I've never been this busy," Marschhausen said. "I thought I knew what busy was, but I didn't. I've also never had this much fun.

"I'm humbled and blessed to be the superintendent of Hilliard schools ... and I'm eager and pleased to help Hilliard, (which is already) one of the best school districts in Ohio, to becoming one of the best school districts in the United States."

Marschhausen told board members he has established monthly meetings with Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt, met with the Interschool PTO and conducted a series of Coffee Connection events in which he met with district residents at local coffee shops.

Some of his plans include reviewing the district's goals and initiatives, such as the 2020 Plan.

"Four years ago, we did not know iPads," said Marschhausen, referring to a need to revisit the 2020 Plan the district implemented more than a decade ago.

Marschhausen termed changes to existing plans as "evolutionary, not revolutionary."

Board members praised the superintendent.

"We had great expectations when we hired you and there have been no surprises ... we are impressed and pleased (with your performance)," Board President Andy Teater said.

Marschhausen also shared he was at J.W. Reason Elementary School on the 100th day when a student calculated he would reach his 1,000th day as superintendent March 26, 2016.Marschhausen said he plans to share lunch with the student on that day.

In other business Oct. 14, school board members authorized the district to enter into a consortium for the purchase of electricity for a period beginning June 2014 and extending no later than May 2017.

Jeff Franklin, director of business affairs, explained that Hilliard has the opportunity to competitively bid for the utility through the Metropolitan Educational Council, a collection of more than 100 area school districts, including South-Western City Schools and Columbus City Schools.

Hilliard already purchases natural gas through a bid obtained by the Metropolitan Educational Council, but the council has not yet attempted a bid for electricity.

"If a supplier is chosen, we have 48 hours to decide whether we want to be part of the contract," Franklin said

Bids are expected to be known by Nov. 4.

The process could through additional purchasing power provide Hilliard with a better rate, Franklin said.

The board's action Oct. 14 authorizes the administration to enter into the contract without further board consideration.

Board members moved into a closed executive session at the conclusion of the regular meeting to discuss "preparing for, conducting or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with employees."

Contracts for the district's approximately 1,200 certified positions and 476 classified positions expire Dec. 31.

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