Columbus City Schools Hopes To Have New Superintendent In 6 Months


UPDATED: Tuesday January 15, 2013 5:28 PM

The Columbus School Board is meeting Tuesday night with the firm that has been hired to lay out the process for searching and hiring a new superintendent.

The goal is to have someone hired in six months.

The Illinois firm the district hired is no stranger to central Ohio.

Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates was used for the superintendent search in Bexley City Schools before, and is currently being used for the superintendent search in Upper Arlington.

The firm will begin its partnership with the state's largest school which is in the midst of an investigation.

When Dr. Gene Harris announced she would retire in July, the end of her tenure seemed far off. Now with six months to go, the search for her replacement has intensified.

Columbus Education Association President, Rhonda Johnson, said the search will be tough.

"It won’t be easy filling Gene Harris' shoes, but I think that there are people out there who will do a good job of being superintendent,” said Johnson.

Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates will spearhead the process with recruitment, screening, and background checks.

Johnson said the schools need someone who will continue to move the district forward.

“We don't want someone who is going to through everything up and start all over again. We want to build on the progress we have made,” said Johnson.

Johnson said there's a strong possibility it could be a fresh face.

"I expect that they may select someone who is not from the inside this time. I can't say that for sure and people haven't even applied. I think there is talent from within but I am not sure who they're going to select,” she added.

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