The Olentangy Local School District's current chief academic officer has been named the district's next superintendent.

The Olentangy Local School District's current chief academic officer has been named the district's next superintendent.

The district announced in a press release Monday, June 22, the Olentangy school board has offered the job of superintendent to Mark Raiff. The board is scheduled to vote on the hire at its next meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, June 25.

Raiff beat out fellow finalists Keith M. Bell Sr., superintendent of Euclid City Schools, and Scot T. Prebles, superintendent of Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools, for the job.

Raiff, who previously served as an assistant principal at Olentangy High School and principal at Olentangy Liberty High School, said in a statement that he will keep standards high for students and staff in the district.

"I am humbled, honored and thrilled to have the chance to lead the Olentangy Local School District," he said. " I share what we value and that is an excellent academic experience for every student combined with strong fiscal stewardship and operational leadership for the district."

Raiff will succeed current Superintendent Wade Lucas, whose retirement is effective Aug. 31. Lucas, who in February announced his intent to leave the district, said in a statement that he was pleased with the board's decision.

"I am really proud that Mr. Raiff was selected," Lucas said. "Under his academic leadership Olentangy has attained some of its highest achievement records ever and is competing with top-tier districts in the state. The role of superintendent requires the wearing of many hats and no one is more ready than Mr. Raiff."