The Dublin City School District will say goodbye to Superintendent David Axner next year.

The Dublin City School District will say goodbye to Superintendent David Axner next year.

The board of education accepted the retirement of Axner -- effective Dec. 31, 2013 -- at a Nov. 15 meeting and got an update on the search for a replacement.

The district will use the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, or ESCCO, to find a new superintendent.

"The ESCCO did a thorough and professional search in 2007 and we are pleased to be working with them again," Board President Chris Valentine said in a news release from the district.

"Dublin City Schools is the fourth largest employer in Dublin and we are searching for the next CEO of our organization."

Bill Reimer of ESCCO said some work has already been done on the first phase of the search which includes a needs assessment and profile.

The community will be asked to assist in the first phase of the search, Reimer said.

Four primary groups -- district staff, the board of education, Business Advisory Council and community members -- will be asked for input.

Surveys will be sent out to people within the Dublin City School district this month to gauge input about characteristics needed in the new superintendent, Reimer said.

"We will give each group a link to the site," he said.

"The board can know what each group thought was important."

Surveying will be done quickly as the board plans to finalize a profile at the Dec. 10 meeting.

"People will be asked to identify and rank skills they think are important," Reimer said.

The second phase of the search will post the superintendent's position in January, although some work has already been done recruiting potential applicants.

"We're constantly recruiting people and asking them to apply," Reimer said.

The search will focus on "targeted candidates," people who already have good jobs, Reimer said.

"We'll also invite one or two board members to talk to them," he said.

The third phase of the process will be interviews, which are expected in February and March.

Finalists are expected to be announced in March, with a final decision made in the spring, Reimer said.

"We want this person on board for next school year," he said.

Axner said he will be on board during the transition time.

"I left that open to make sure we have a good transition," he said.

"Short term. I'll be working with them every day to get them on a good start."

Axner came to Dublin City Schools in 2007 after spending 17 years in the Chagrin Falls school district.

With six years in the district, Axner has the second longest tenure as superintendent in the district.

Last year Axner announced he would leave the district to be the associate executive director of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators.