Community focus groups scheduled at the start of the search for superintendents


Focus groups to gather feedback for use in the search for the next Superintendent of Schools for the City of Reynoldsburg will be held May 2.

Superintendent Melvin Brown leaves for Montgomery County Schools in Alabama.

The focus groups begin at 8:30 a.m. and are facilitated by Finding Leaders — the consultant hired by the district to help identify Brown’s replacement — in coordination with the district.

The groups are divided into different sessions aimed at different audiences and will be held in various locations. The focus group schedule is posted on the district website.

According to school board chair Debbie Dunlap, district leaders and officials hope the focus groups will allow them to gather input from parents, city leaders, businesses, civic leaders and students.

“(The focus groups) will give us their input on what criteria and characteristics they would like to see in a new superintendent,” she said.

“The feedback from all of these stakeholders will be compiled by Finding Leaders, and this will help find leaders as they screen initial candidates and come to us with their suggested first group for interviews.”

Finding Leaders is expected to present the semi-finalists to the board on May 14, “based on the BOE profile and feedback from the focus group,” according to a schedule posted on the district’s website.

The board plans to conduct interviews with the semi-finalists on May 18 and 19, with final interviews on May 23 and 25, depending on the schedule.

The district plans to select the next superintendent on May 27 with a contract that will begin no later than August 1, the calendar shows.

A job posting for Superintendent of Schools in the City of Reynoldsburg is posted on Ohioschoolboards.org. The application deadline is May 13.

“We’re casting the net wide,” Dunlap said. “We advertise nationally, but we also consider internal candidates.”

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