The Grandview Heights school board will meet today, Jan. 23, to continue its development of a timeline for choosing a new superintendent.

The Grandview Heights school board will meet today, Jan. 23, to continue its development of a timeline for choosing a new superintendent.

Superintendent Ed O'Reilly announced at the board's Jan. 14 meeting that he will resign effective July 31.

"Professionally, I feel it is time to explore other opportunities and to continue my growth as an educational leader," O'Reilly said. "Grandview is in a great position both now and for the future. With that in mind, I am looking forward to the challenge of serving another school district that is looking to improve."

Board members learned about O'Reilly's resignation just before the Jan. 14 meeting, board President Grant Douglass said.

"I think that's why you had a stunned reaction of silence when he made his announcement," Douglass said.

In an interview with ThisWeek, O'Reilly said he has no other job offer lined up.

"There is nothing right now," he said.

The reason he got into education was to help students achieve in the classroom, and that is what he wants to do in his next position, he said, whether it be as a superintendent or in another role.

"Why else are we in education?" he asked. "I enjoy being a superintendent, but there might be another role out there" that may be as fulfilling.

He said he finds it a little easier to leave Grandview now, as the district is in a strong position academically and financially.

"That isn't because of me," he said. "It's because of the dedication and work by our wonderful teachers and staff I've been privileged to serve with and the support of the community."

O'Reilly said he announced his resignation well in advance to give the board plenty of time to conduct its search for the district's next superintendent.

"That shows why Ed is such a class act," Douglass said. "He didn't have to make his announcement in this fashion and at this time, but he chose to announce it early to help the district make the best choice possible. We will be able to make sure we do this right, because it's such an important decision."

Douglass said he expects the board will be able to hire a new superintendent well before O'Reilly leaves.

"We will probably have the earliest superintendent search in the state," he said.

The board met for more than three hours in a closed session Saturday, Jan. 18. Today's board session also will be closed.

After that meeting, "we will likely be ready to make public our plan for finding a new superintendent," Douglass said.

The process will involve input from community members, administrators and district staff, he said.

The district has not yet posted the position, Douglass said.

O'Reilly will be a hard act to follow, he said.

"There's not a harder-working superintendent," Douglass said.

"Education is changing incredibly rapidly and he's been able to change with it," helping Grandview to earn high levels of academic excellence and remain fiscally strong, he said.

"With his skill sets and leadership qualities, the next district he goes to, or whatever role he moves into, will be very fortunate," Douglass said. "I can't say enough good things about Ed. We wish him well in his next endeavor."

O'Reilly has served as Grandview superintendent since November 2006. He previously was principal of Hilliard Weaver Middle School. During his Grandview tenure, the district consistently has earned the top rating on the state report card.