Friday, October 19, 2012

Supplemental Material for the Oct 22, 2012 School Board Meeting

Here is the supplemental material for Monday's School Board Meeting.

Item E1(a) is one that is rarely on our School Board agenda - approving the retirement of the Superintendent, effective June 30, 2013. There will be much to say about Mr. McVey in the coming months, and many opportunities to recognize his significant contributions to our community.

Item E1(a) allows the School Board to begin the process of recruiting a new Superintendent, and that work will begin immediately, starting with the School Board deciding how we want to proceed.

After Monday's meeting, we will have 250 days to complete the task. That may sound like a long time, but there is much to do, starting with building a list of candidates.


  1. There could be a case here for a 'low cost option' for superintendent. Someone who can efficiently manage the basic administrative duties.

    We are talking about an organization that has 88% of its expenditures fixed. And its operations pretty much dictated by the Dept Ed.

    What is the point of 'dynamic' and 'talented' (read: expensive) leadership in that environment?

    1. I don't understand this perspective. We're looking for a new CEO, not someone who can push papers.

      While the candidate must have a superintendent's license, it's not necessarily true that everyone with a superintendent's license will be a life-long public educator. The Ohio Administrative Code (3301-24-12) creates a path for someone without an education degree or experience in public education to become a Superintendent.

      I'm wondering how many of those are out there...

  2. Paul - regarding the search for a new superintendent, I certainly hope there will be time for meaningful community input?

    1. I hope so. As I've written elsewhere, I had a chance to observe some of the process the UA School Board is using to choose a new Superintendent, and it certainly incorporated input from all kinds of stakeholder groups: principals, administrators, teachers, support staff, volunteer groups, and the general public.

      However, this input was being gathered to set the parameters of the search - to paint of picture of what kind of Superintendent we want - not to make the actual selection. I think it is wise to partition those two stages.

      There may be a time when the public gets to ask questions directly of the finalists, if that's part of the process we decide to use. But the final decision will be made solely by the School Board.