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Community Invited to Weigh In on Next CPS Superintendent

January 25, 2017

The Cincinnati Board of Education and its superintendent search firm consultant today announced upcoming engagement opportunities for the community to play a role in selecting the next superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools.

Three open meetings will be conducted, during which members of the community are encouraged to express their views on the qualities important in the successor to Superintendent Mary Ronan, who announced her retirement effective Aug. 1, 2017, after nine years at the helm as the district’s top administrator.

    The Board also announced the launch of a survey developed by Ray and Associates through which all district stakeholders may identify the top qualities they most desire in the next superintendent. In addition, the survey provides an opportunity for participants to suggest questions they would like the Board to ask candidates during the interview process.

    The survey may be accessed via the following links:

    Superintendent Search Survey — English

    Supterintendent Search Survey — Spanish

    Superintendent Search Survey — Arabic

    Superintendent Search Survey — French

    Ray and Associates, the search firm selected by the Board, will facilitate the meetings at the following times, dates and locations:

    • Wednesday, February 1 – 10:00-11:30 a.m. – Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio,  Cincinnati Office (Community Room), 3458 Reading Road, Cincinnati 45229 (Avondale)
    • Wednesday, February 1 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio,  Cincinnati Office (Community Room), 3458 Reading Road, Cincinnati 45229 (Avondale)
    • Thursday, February 2 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, 45237 (Bond Hill)

    The school board previously said the search would include both internal and external candidates and expressed its desire that the new superintendent be committed to building upon the progress the district is achieving through My Tomorrow, a college- and career-readiness initiative, and its Vision 2020 multiyear plan to strengthen neighborhood schools, as well as an expansion of quality preschool.

    “Our district strategies have reflected the priorities of our many stakeholders, which is why we want our stakeholders to continue to make their voices heard in the selection of our next superintendent,” said Board President Ericka Copeland-Dansby. “We encourage widespread participation in the survey and input meetings.”

    The Board’s goal is to complete candidate interviews by the end of April and have the next Superintendent on the job no later than August 1.

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