NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The next step to hiring a new superintendent for North Ridgeville Schools is underway.
Four of the eight candidates had their “meet-and-greet” with select community members before being interviewed behind closed doors by the Board of Education on Tuesday evening. The other four candidates are scheduled for this evening.
James J. Brady, superintendent of Fayetteville-Perry Schools, was the first candidate. The former Marine said one thing he is ready to bring to the table is leadership.
“I’m not afraid to make a tough decision,” he said. “I feel like I use common sense in judgment.”
The next candidate, David Heflinger, superintendent for Field Schools in Mogadore, was asked what he thinks about a dress code.
“Well for me, this is like everyday,” he said jokingly referring to his suit.
He said there wasn’t much research supporting academic gain with a dress code, so it depends on what the district wants to achieve with a dress code.
Assistant Superintendent for Lakewood Schools Roxann Ransey-Caserio was the third candidate interviewed. She said would enter the position by building trust and building relationships. She stressed the importance of communication.
“It’s important for the community to be engaged in the school at all times,” she said. “Not just when a bond issue is happening. The community needs to know what is going on in the schools.”
The last candidate of the evening, Vicki Brunn, came from Defiance, where she serves as superintendent for Central Schools in Sherwood. Brunn said she is a relationship person.
“I would like to help with that culture, and to teach the kids to be a success in life — not just in school.”
Deb Campbell of K-12 Business Consulting, the business hired to find the next superintendent, said a cross section of community members was hand picked by board members to attend and to give their input on the candidates.
“We have both internal and external stakeholders who will fill out an evaluation on each candidate for the board to review,” said Campbell. “The board will take those opinions into consideration when selecting the final two candidates.”
The members, who consisted of principals, parents, support staff, teachers, business leaders and Council members, were given an evaluation card to fill out about each candidate.
Julie Lyons, a parent, was excited to have the opportunity to meet the candidates.
“I think it’s good that the community has an opportunity to see the candidates and give their input,” she said.
She said she felt there was one candidate who seemed to come out strong so far, but she needs to see the others to make a solid opinion.
The interviews and meet-and-greets for the other four candidates — Dan White, Char Shyrock, Theodore Caleris and David Toth — will begin this afternoon. Two finalists will be chosen and will be part of a public meet-and-greet next week.
Contact Cindy Breda at 329-7126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.