Kettering lays out hiring steps, salary range for new school superintendent

KETTERING — The search for the next Kettering City Schools superintendent has started.

The district has posted the job and is working with K-12 Business Consulting to find a replacement for Scott Inskeep, who is retiring this summer.

Inskeep is expected to submit his official retirement notice tonight, records show, although he spoke last month of leaving the district.

Multiple focus groups on a successor are set for later this month, Kettering board of education President Toby Henderson said.

“We’re losing a fabulous superintendent,” Henderson said. “But it is an opportunity for us to identify the next administrator and leader for the district. So I guess in that respect it can be an exciting time.

“We’re fortunate that we’re what’s referred to in the education world as a destination district,” he added. “So I anticipate we’ll receive lots of good interest.”

The district has a general fund of about $110 million this year, records show. It has a student enrollment of about 7,273 — third among Montgomery County public school districts — and accounts for about 1,100 jobs, making it one of the city’s largest employers.

The base salary range for the new superintendent is expected to be between $175,000 and $199,000 annually, but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications, records show.

About 20 focus groups are set for March 30-31 in the vast majority — if not all — of the district’s buildings, Henderson said.

K-12 Business Consulting will lead the groups that will include district personnel from transportation and maintenance, central office and students, as well as “general members of the public; other stakeholders who are not employees or students in the district,” Henderson said.

The application deadline is April 20. Applicants are tentatively set to be screened April 25 with the first round of interviews scheduled for May 4-5, according to district records.

The proposed timeline includes final Interviews set for May 10 with a decision on the hiring a week later. Henderson said he would like to have the chosen candidate on board at least a month before Inskeep steps down Aug. 1.

“But ultimately, the most important thing, is that we find the right person,” he said.

Inskeep has been Kettering’s superintendent since 2014, when the district hired him from Reading near Cincinnati, a district he led for 12 years. He took over after turmoil forced out previous superintendent Jim Schoenlein and treasurer Steve Clark.

In 2018, the school board extended his contract through summer 2023. That contract called for $160,000 a year in base salary and included raises of at least 3.5% annually.

The district is asking applicants to submit a cover letter, resume, a completed application, three references and a copy of a current Ohio superintendent certificate/license. Applications are available at

Those interested in the job are asked to send application materials to: K-12 Business Consulting, Inc., Kettering City Schools Superintendent Search, P.O. Box 476, New Albany, Ohio 43054 or email materials to:

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