Olentangy local schools will hold two community forums to seek input on the search for a new superintendent.

Olentangy local schools will hold two community forums to seek input on the search for a new superintendent.

The meetings are set for April 28 at Olentangy High School and April 29 at Olentangy Liberty High School. Both will start at 7 p.m. and will last about 90 minutes.

The new superintendent will succeed Scott Davis, who retired on April 11 for health reasons. Applications for the vacancy are due May 12.

The school board hired the Educational Service Center of Franklin County to conduct the search. Its consultants include former Olentangy superintendent William Reimer.

Ralph Johnson of ESCFC said survey questionaires will be handed out at the community meeting to help determine what characteristics the community wants to see in its next superintendent.

Based on a similar search conducted by ESCFC last year for Dublin schools, the survey is expected to identify:

The most important strengths of the district.

The most important needs facing the district.

The characteristics they would like to see in the new superintendent.

Other question topics will include technical, management, relationship, instructional and leadership issues.

"The Olentangy school board would like to know from the community what qualities and characteristics are most important for the next superintendent," said board vice president Dimon McFerson.

"Helping to develop a profile of the next superintendent is critical because it provides the board with an understanding of the community's priorities. In addition, this information will be used by the board when selecting that individual."

Those interested in applying are invited to visit the district's Web site at www.olentangy.k12.oh.us.