Columbus City Schools narrows superintendent search to six candidates

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As the new Columbus City Schools’ year is set to begin this week, the state’s largest school district remains without a permanent superintendent.

Dr. Dan Good, the district’s last superintendent, announced his retirement last August. Dr. John Stanford has filled the role on an interim basis, since January.

Earlier this year, the school board voted to scrap its first search for a superintendent and begin anew, while the state auditor launched an investigation into whether the board violated Ohio’s Open Meetings Act.

The school board has enlisted several experts to assist in the process, including those from the search firm BWP & Associates.

On Tuesday, the board passed a resolution accepting six candidates recommended by the firm.

The candidates are as follows:

  • Mr. Terry Dade
  • Dr. Talisa Dixon
  • Mr. Scott Lyle Inskeep
  • Ms. Ava Tasker-Mitchell
  • Dr. John Stanford
  • Dr. Jayson Strickland

According to the resolution, the board will meet on September 5, to determine which of the six candidates to interview.

District officials had previously said the new superintendent will be announced during the week of October 15.

“We would like to have this done before the end of the year and we would like to have the new superintendent, whoever he or she is, begin on or about January 1,” said Columbus School Board President Gary Baker.

The first day of classes for the 2018-2019 school year is on Thursday.

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