Kenston plans focus groups for superintendent search | local government

The Kenston Board of Education has contracted with the Ohio School Boards Association to help find a replacement for outgoing superintendent Nancy Santilli. The board will include time in the process of finding OSBA consultant William Waidelich to meet with staff and the community in several focus groups.

The board hopes to complete the search by late spring, with the new superintendent beginning work in the district around August 1.

These focus groups will help raise the profile the district has developed for Kenston’s next leader.

These conversations will take place at three separate times at Timmons Elementary School on Wednesday, April 11 and will focus on three areas: major issues, challenges or opportunities for the district; performance experience or expectations for the next superintendent; and the leadership characteristics that should be evident in the next superintendent.

The three focus areas are broad topics that will help elicit more specific opinions from district stakeholders, said council chairwoman Nesya Gaskins.

“These areas are a tool in our toolbox to help with the superintendent’s search,” Ms. Gaskins said. “Each stakeholder group has their own perspective, wants and needs from a superintendent.”

Sessions will last approximately one hour. The times for each session are 4:30 p.m. for school employees, 6 p.m. for interested community and business members, and 7 p.m. for parents. A brief three-question survey to gather additional feedback from interested parents and community members can be taken at

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