Fairfax County Public Schools Region 3 assistant superintendent Terry Dade impressed some parents at the second of a three-day district tour for the finalists vying for Columbus Schools Superintendent.

Dade works in the nation’s 12th largest district, which is diverse, wealthy and performing well. He is one of the three remaining candidates in the district’s superintendent search.

Sara Watson, a parent, wanted to know how Dade’s background would fit with the needs of the district.

It was a question on the minds of many parents after Ohio’s largest school district recently received a district-wide failing state grade.  

“They’re going to be leading the ship. I know our district has had a lot of issues in the past so I think some fresh, strong leadership can go a really long way to solve a lot of problems,” said parent Lesley Futterknecht. 

Columbus School Board members have the help of parents, like Futterknecht, in the form of feedback. 

Parent Sara Watson conveyed positive thoughts to the board about Dade.

“He made a really great impression, he was well spoken, answered all the questions and seemed to have a genuine interest in the children,” Watson said.

The 3rd and final question and answer session for parents will be held Wednesday night at 5 pm at Columbus Africentric Early College, where the 3rd finalist, Ava Tasker Mitchell, will speak.

Columbus School Board members meet Thursday evening to discuss all 3 finalists.

A district spokesperson tells NBC4 they may announce the name of the next Columbus City Schools Superintendent after that meeting.