Three more consultants offered their services to the Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education on Dec. 3, seeking a contract to conduct the district's superintendent search.

Three more consultants offered their services to the Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education on Dec. 3, seeking a contract to conduct the district's superintendent search.

The board heard half-hour presentations from representatives of the Ohio Schools Boards Association, Finding Leaders (of Independence) and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio during a special board meeting.

The board previously heard from K-12 Business Consulting Inc. of New Albany on Nov. 12.

Proposed contract costs, depending on level of service, are $9,200, OSBA; $11,400, Finding Leaders; and about $4,250, ESC.

K-12 had proposed conducting the search at a price range of $12,500 to $17,500, depending on the time commitment and amount of services.

"The costs are drastically different," said Matthew Campbell, board president. "One company - K-12 - is upwards of $17,500 at the gold level and ESC figures are closer to $4,500.

"You're talking a wide spread of discretionary funds," he said. "Is there that much of a gap between services and what the board needs for a superintendent search?"

Board vice president Jill Schuler encouraged her colleagues to think about whom they don't want and can't trust, as well as those with whom they can work.

Board member-elect Beryl Piccolantonio cited one positive takeaway that was echoed by all the groups.

"This is a desirable district, and this is a desirable position, and the timing is good," she said. "Each stated that message strongly."

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