Board of Education to suspend search for permanent superintendent
Columbus, OH, April 9, 2013 – At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Board President Carol Perkins brought forward a resolution to suspend the search for a permanent superintendent for Columbus City Schools. The resolution calls for the Board to focus its efforts on finding an interim superintendent, and invites Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman to co-chair a search committee with Mrs. Perkins to find the next permanent superintendent for the 51,000-student district.
“My colleagues and I have been listening very closely to the community, seeking out thoughts and concerns relating to the future of Columbus City Schools,” said Perkins. “Many of these conversations have focused on the desire to slow down the superintendent search process in order to more fully engage the community in this very important effort. Having been a member of the Columbus Education Commission for the past several months, I have heard similar thoughts from Commission members and other participants. I have personally witnessed an unprecedented level of interest in and support for our schools from both the community and the Columbus Education Commission. Given the important impact that our schools have on the community – and the impact that the community has on our schools, I don’t believe we can pass up this opportunity to take advantage of the support that has been offered, and to develop even stronger partnerships within the community. I believe that by working together we can accomplish great things for the students of Columbus City Schools.”
“In passing this resolution, I believe the Board of Education showed great leadership in embracing and acting on the feedback we’ve received regarding the superintendent search process,” said Perkins. “The Board will focus our short-term efforts on finding a highly-qualified individual to serve as the interim superintendent. I am accepting Mayor Coleman’s longstanding offer of assistance, and am asking him to co-chair a search committee to find the District’s next permanent superintendent. Together we will establish a search committee and outline a process and timeline to complete the search.”
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