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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:09 AM


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ELIDA — Tuesday’s Elida School Board meeting began with presenter Cheryl Ryan, deputy director from Ohio School Boards Association. Ryan presented a proposal in the search for a new superintendent for the district.

“Your board of education faces a critical task of choosing a superintendent of schools. While the superintendent search process is always a challenging period for any board, today you face the additional difficulty of selecting a new chief executive officer in an unprecedented time of school reform and political attention to education issues,” Ryan said. “In addition, the turnover among superintendents has accelerated in recent years, which has created fierce competition among states and districts for the highest caliber professionals who can succeed in the complex role of superintendent. It is prudent that the board engage the services of a consultant who specializes in this field to assist the board in its superintendent search.”

Ryan said the proposal offers maximum flexibility to the board, assures they have total control over all key decisions and allows the board to concentrate on the most critical steps in a search-profiling the selection criteria, interviewing the most qualified candidates, checking the references of the finalists and selecting the next superintendent.

“Our goal is to conduct a highly professional search that will not only attract the very best candidates, but will bring credit for the manner in which the process was conducted,” Ryan added.

The search process is divided into five phases and primary responsibilities of the board of education are clearly delineated from those of the outside consultant.

Phase I: Leadership Profile Development; Phase II: Candidate Recruitment; Phase III: Candidate Screening; Phase IV: Board Evaluation of Candidates; and Phase V: Appointment.

Board member Pat Schymanski asked if the program would be tailored to the school.

“Yes. We will sort out the parameters needed for this program,” Ryan relied.

Board member Brenda Stocker wanted to know if the community could be engaged if the board chose to do so.

“We are able to put programs in place, such as surveys, focus groups, etc,” Ryan answered.

Sally Ulrich asked, “Since it is election time how do you work with the board in this selection process?” “I would suggest that you would encourage those pre-election board member candidates to the focus forum.”

Due to the fact Superintendent Diglia will retire in June, board member Brian Anders asked if Ryan thought the process would be completed by Dec. 31.

“I would certainly think it is quite possible to hire a superintendent by Dec. 31,” she concluded.

Diglia wanted to address some underlying questions, such as levy fatigue.

“Elida has been on the ballot every year since 2004. We have been on the ballot eight times in the last 10 years. Three of the eight were bond issue attempts for the new high school,” Diglia said. “For operating expenses, we have been on the ballot five times in the last 10 years.”

The last time the voters approved new money was May 2005. That measure was renewed by voters in 2010. It will need to be renewed again in 2015.

“My recommendation to the board is to go for the 10-year levy to relieve the 5-year levy fatigue,” Diglia said.

The statistics on the operating levy attempts by the district:

• 2004 saw a loss by only 200 votes

• 2005 saw a big win by 990 votes

• 2010 renewal passed by 540 votes

• 2013 loss by 253 votes; PI renewal win by 843 votes

In business, the board:

• Proclaimed the week of Oct. 14-18 as National School Lunch Week and encourages all residents to become aware and concerned about their children’s and their own nutrition habits in hope of achieving a more healthful citizenry for today and the future;

• Accepted the resignation of Merle Hentze, bus driver for retirement purposes, effective Nov. 1; and

• Approved the following personnel for employment pending criminal investigation checks: Mary Lu Anthony, choir accompanist; Karee Hodge, substitute aide & substitute secretary; Jordan Coulter, substitute custodian; Cash Johnson, substitute custodian; Adam Mistic, substitute custodian; Nathan Sanford, substitute custodian; and Ella Johnson, substitute aide.


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