The Westlake Board of Education approved the hiring of the Ohio School Boards Association to facilitate the search for Westlake’s next superintendent.
In response to a question from The Villager, BOE President Carol Winter emails that the costs associated with the search will be “$6900 + expenses (print, advertising, interview expenses).”
The Board interviewed three firms for the process, including Finding Leaders in Independence and Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates based in Illinois. Dr. Daniel J. Keenan Jr. announced his resignation effective July 31 to take the executive director’s position with the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland.
President Carol Winter said the Board is intent on finding a permanent replacement for the superintendency before Dr. Keenan leaves the district. Winter and Board members also complemented OSBA’s community engagement component in their process and indicated they were very happy with the organization’s results in 2007 when the Board hired Dr. Keenan.
A representative from OSBA is expected to attend an April 21 special Board of Education meeting to discuss the superintendent search process.
The Board also discussed major issues facing the school district in the next five years, including operating revenues, employee contracts, relationships with city government, the Continuous Improvement Plan, K-12 International Baccalaureate program, Phase II of the facilities planning process, Common Core and administrative hiring.
Board members said they are looking for a strong leader who can balance important programming needs with fiscal responsibility. The next superintendent also should be strong in policy and governance, community relations, curriculum planning, organizational management and value ethics in leadership.