The Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools might postpone finding a new superintendent until the end of this year.

The Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools might postpone finding a new superintendent until the end of this year.

Although embattled Superintendent Francis Scruci was hired April 14 to lead the Bowling Green City Schools beginning in July, the school board has announced that it's considering employment of an interim superintendent for the 2015-16 school year.

During the April 16 board meeting, board president Matthew Campbell said more information regarding a superintendent is expected in the coming weeks. He said the board formally would begin the process of seeking a new superintendent by January 2016.

"The board of education will engage search consultants, who will work to advertise for and recruit candidates based on a profile developed by members of the board of education from internal and external stakeholder feedback gathered this year," Campbell said.

The board on April 21 announced a special meeting for 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the G-J Board of Education offices, 160 S. Hamilton Road, to consider the employment of a public employee.

Campbell told ThisWeek a vote is expected related to a transition in leadership for the next school year.

After the regular session of the April 16 board meeting, an executive session was held to discuss the idea of going with an interim superintendent.

Board member Lew Griffin voted against the motion to go into executive session because, he said, he wasn't sure it would involve "executive-session information."

Campbell said the session would include board discussion about numbers and contracts related to personnel concerning a possible interim superintendent.

According to Ohio's Open Meetings Act (Ohio Revise Code 121.22), school boards are permitted to discuss six topics in executive session, including the appointment and employment of an employee or official; the purchase of property for public purposes or the sale of property; conferences with the board's attorney to discuss matters that are the subject of pending or imminent court action; preparing for, conducting or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with employees; matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or rules or sate statues; and specialized details of security arrangements.

Executive sessions are for the purpose of deliberations only, and no action may be taken during an executive session.

Campbell told ThisWeek he would be as transparent as possible.

The board hopes to engage the Gahanna community throughout the process of finding the district's next superintendent, he said.

He said the primary goal is to identify the best candidate to provide all district students a quality education that results in high student achievement and personal growth.