Worthington residents can offer their opinions on qualities
they want in a new superintendent at a community advisory
meeting next week.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 in Room 101
of the Worthington Education Center, 200 E. Wilson Bridge
"We want the community to have an opportunity to give us
input at that meeting, or if someone cannot attend, we also
have a survey form on the district website," said school
board President Marc Schare.
The district website is
Under the "Highlights" link on the home page, click on
"Characteristics" to reach the survey form.
Superintendent Melissa Conrath announced she will retire in
October after five years with Worthington schools.
The district hired the Educational Service Center of Ohio --
at the price of expenses only -- to conduct the search and
recruit a new superintendent. Other search firms quoted the
district costs that ranged from $6,500 to $23,000.
All superintendent applications are due by April 15.
Schare said the district has held three informational and
input gathering meetings so far with staff members and other
"What I hope to get out of the meetings and the survey are
what people think are the strengths of the district and
areas where we may be looking at improvement, along with the
qualities in a superintendent that could get us there," he
said. "The idea is for the ESC to match up applications to
the profile piece."
The process of narrowing down applicants to semifinalists
and finalists will depend on the number of applications
received, Schare said.
"The process will be different with 10 applications instead
of 50," he said. "The tentative plan is a weed-out process
where we can look over the applications with ESC and weed
out applicants who don't match our profile piece."
Schare said the first round of interviewing is scheduled to
take place around May 2, with the second round of interviews
around May 9.
He said if board members are undecided between a couple of
finalists, they may hold a public forum to help them decide.
"If there is no clear favorite after the second round of
interviews, we may bring two or three finalists out for a
third round of interviews and questions with the public," he
Schare said the intent is to have a new superintendent hired
by May 23.
He said the service center is actively recruiting
"If whoever they recruit chooses to apply, we will probably
put them directly into the second round of interviews, but
at some point, they need to formally apply," he said.