CCS holds first special meeting to decide on new superintendent selection process

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The Columbus City Schools Board held the first of several special meetings, so members could discuss the process by which they will hire a new superintendent.

Monday’s meeting began with the board hearing from two prospective mediators.

The board is expected to vote on who to hire, on Tuesday, while not ruling out the possibility of hiring both.

The candidates are Marie-Joelle Khouzman, from Bricker & Eckler, LLP, and William Froehlich, from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.

In addition to the discussion on a mediator, the board also decided to allow a subcommittee to narrow the field of potential lawyer or lawyers, to serve as legal counsel during the search.

Also, the board chose to draft a request for proposal to aid in the selection of a search firm, to assist with this process.

After the meeting, several board members expressed optimism in how the search is now being handled.

“We’ve all seven agreed that we want to move expeditiously and we’re going to try to do that,” said Eric Brown, a school board member. “We can’t predict exactly when we’ll have it finished. We want to make sure we also do it right.”

The next special meeting is scheduled to follow Tuesday’s regular board meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

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