Residents filled Clark Hall during the Feb. 12 Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education meeting, looking for transparency and answers regarding Superintendent Francis Scruci's employment with the district.

Residents filled Clark Hall during the Feb. 12 Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education meeting, looking for transparency and answers regarding Superintendent Francis Scruci's employment with the district.

The board has yet to vote on Scruci's contract renewal. Action must be taken by March 1 or his contract automatically will be extended one year.

Board member Jason Phillips said Scruci, who was absent, asked him to read a statement. He explained his absence by saying a personal matter came up that needed immediate attention.

Board president Matthew Campbell told ThisWeek Scruci is working on projects that are keeping him out of the district office.

"That was a mutual decision," he said.

During the board meeting, Forrest Lines said Scruci's absence isn't very popular. He said the board has become completely dysfunctional.

Lines said most residents would agree they're tired of the situation.

"I'm afraid our school district is becoming a laughing stock," he said. "It has to do with administration with what we do and how we look. 10TV is here. What a shame. So I'd like to say to you all, what a horrible mess we've got here. When it comes voting time next time, remember, please remember."

Gahanna Lincoln senior Loie Greenwood said he wanted to express some of the feelings of the Gahanna student body.

"The success we've had as students in Gahanna and the success we'll continue to have outside of Gahanna and college and after college should be a direct reflection of the people and the person that's running Gahanna," he said. "I would define that as the superintendent. I would like you to look at the word behind you -- 'Community.' We preach it all over Gahanna and the walls of our schools. It's a unified body of individuals. The fact we're here unified as individuals of our community to support someone who has had a large impact on us, I think that speaks volumes in what we're trying to do today."

He asked the board to understand what community is about.

"The fact we're here supporting somebody who means something to us and who has made an impact on our lives, I think that's all that needs to be said," he said.

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