Superintendent search firm seeks input on criteria
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 12:02 PM

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Staff, parents, business leaders and community members will be asked to identify the characteristics they would like to see in the next Worthington superintendent of schools.

The Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESC), consultants hired to lead the superintendent search, will hold a series of meetings over the next three weeks to gather input before the nationwide search is launched.

Melissa Conrath, superintendent for the past five years, will retire in the fall.

The Worthington Board of Education hopes to have a successor ready to start during the summer.

ESC is an agency that supports school districts in Franklin, Delaware and Union counties and has assisted in administrator searches in Dublin, Granville, Olentangy and other school districts. ESC is expected to take about nine weeks to complete a four-step process.

The first step will be to gather information about what kind of leadership skills are most desired for the district.

For residents who cannot attend one of the scheduled meetings, information is available on the district's website at

A staff advisory group will meet with the consultants March 24, with a parents advisory group March 29 and with a business and civic advisory group March 30.

Everyone else is invited to share their input during a community advisory group meeting April 12, following spring break. It will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Worthington Education Center, 200 E. Wilson Bridge Road.

ESC representatives will run the meetings. Attendees will be asked to complete a survey and then will move into small groups to come to a consensus on what characteristics would be important in a new superintendent.

After the firm understands the community's needs, it will recruit candidates and then follow the standard process of screening, interviews and contract negotiations.