“The price is comparable to other firms offering similar levels of searches (and) we are very well aware that K-12 Business Consulting has conducted searches for Lakota, Springboro, Lebanon, Butler Tech, Beavercreek, Fairborn, Springfield and several other districts and has an excellent reputation,” said Urso.
In February Lakota’s school board announced the hiring of Matt Miller of Mentor Schools in northern Ohio as their next superintendent.
And in early 2016 Butler Tech’s governing board announced the hiring of Jon Graft as the career school system’s new superintendent.
But it’s the opinions of those most directly served by Middletown schools that is paramount, said Urso.
“The first thing we will be working on is the superintendent search profile where we will be soliciting input from a broad range of stakeholders including staff, parents and community members on characteristics they suggest we look for in our next superintendent. There will be two community forums on April 12 and April 19,” he said. “The exact locations are still being identified, (but) announcements will be made when details are finalized.”
The board’s timetable shows final interviews of candidates will take place in May and the board expects to hire a new leader by the end of that month with the new superintendent assuming duties by Aug. 1.
In March, Ison announced his retirement as head of the 6,400-student school system.
The 60-year-old Ison, who has been the city schools’ superintendent since 2013, has spent 38 years in public education. Prior to joining Middletown Schools he was a long-time principal at Warren County’s Lebanon High School.
Under Ohio law, publicly elected school boards make two hiring decisions and do so by a majority vote. Boards hire superintendents and school district treasurers.
Ison’s departure is part of a historically unusual trend for Butler and Warren county school systems, which since 2015 has seen a record number of superintendents leave or retire.
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Urso said the board understands the significance of its upcoming hire and that’s why members want to include the public in the process.
“The superintendent search will involve staff and community engagement as that is very important to us,” he said.
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