Kenston BOE sets focus groups for looking for superintendents


The conversations will take place on May 11 at Timmons Elementary

The Kenston Schools Board of Education has contracted with the Ohio School Boards Association to assist in its search for a new superintendent.

The Kenston Schools Board of Education has contracted with the Ohio School Boards Association to assist in its search for a new superintendent.

The council hopes to complete the search by late spring, and the new superintendent is expected to begin work in the district this summer. The successful candidate will replace the current Supt. Nancy R. Santilli to begin the 2022-23 school year. Santilli has been serving the neighborhood since 2014.

“In our efforts to make the best possible selection, we included time in the search process for OSBA consultant William Waidelich to meet with staff and the community in several focus groups,” said the Board Chair of administration, Neysa Gaskins, in an April 29 press release. Release.

“The focus groups are meant to help raise the profile we’ve developed for Kenston’s next leader,” she added. “Common themes will help assess potential candidates for an interview.”

These conversations will take place May 11 at Timmons Elementary School – each designated for a targeted audience – and will focus on three areas:

  1. Major issues, challenges or opportunities for the district;
  2. Experience or performance expectation for the next superintendent; and
  3. Leadership characteristics that should be evident in the next superintendent.

“Our students, parents, residents and staff are valued participants and stakeholders in the Kenston school community and their contribution is important,” Gaskins said. “Please consider participating in a focus group at Timmons Elementary School.”

Sessions will last approximately one hour. The schedules of our different discussion groups are:

  • 4:30 p.m. – Open to all Kenston School employees
  • 6:00 p.m. – Open to members of the Kenston Schools community and businesses
  • 7:00 p.m. – Open to Kenston School parents

“We appreciate additional feedback and have created a brief three-question survey to gather feedback from parents and interested community members,” Gaskins said. “If you can’t attend one of the focus groups, please take a moment to share your feedback.”

Those interested in sharing their thoughts are invited to complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KenstonSearch. Comments from respondents will go directly to William Waidelich, OSBA.

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