The Lakota Local Schools Board of Education has invited eight candidates to participate in the first round of interviews for the district’s top leadership position. All of the interviewees have prior experience in the role of superintendent.
“Every step of this process has involved careful and thorough consideration of what Lakota needs most in its next leader to continue providing the highest quality education to our students and our community,” said Board President Ben Dibble.
“The role of superintendent is very demanding,” Dibble continued. “We are one of the largest school districts in Ohio and we have a very diverse group of students all with varying levels of needs. The board felt strongly that prior experience with this position would help our district continue to make progress and lead to better opportunities for our students and our community.”
The eight candidates who will be interviewed by the board on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 include:
Adam C. Bird
Superintendent, New Richmond Exempted Village – New Richmond, OH
Matthew W. Chrispin
Superintendent, Fredericktown Local School District – Fredericktown, OH
Scott J. Hunt
Superintendent, Cardinal Local Schools – Middlefield, OH
Superintendent, West Clermont Local School District – Cincinnati, OH
Carl R. Metzger
Assistant Superintendent, South-Western City Schools, & Former Superintendent, Marion City Schools – Grove City, OH & Marion, OH
Superintendent, Mentor Public Schools – Mentor, OH
Scott D. Nelson
Superintendent, Sylvania Schools – Sylvania, OH
Steven C. Skalka
Superintendent, East China School District – East China, MI
The list of interviewees includes seven from the original list of 16 candidates plus one additional applicant. Matthew Miller, superintendent at Mentor Local Schools, was one of the recruits in communication with the district’s consulting firm, K-12 Business Consulting Inc., during the application period. Personal circumstances led to his application arriving one day late.
“Like the others, Mr. Miller is a very strong candidate,” noted Dibble. “Having him among our interviewees makes our entire selection process stronger, which ultimately makes our next leader and school district stronger.”
Keeping with its commitment to involve the community at critical points throughout the process, the board has invited a select group of staff, parents, business leaders and residents to participate in one part of the first round of interviews. Finalists will be invited back for a second round Feb. 20 – 22.
“We are incredibly pleased with the strength of the pool of candidates who are interested in our schools and our community,” Dibble said. “Collectively, they have nearly 40 years of experience in this role, as well as numerous awards, new initiatives and leadership opportunities. The board feels that we are going to find the right person to lead our district and be a great partner with our community. We intend to keep the community informed throughout this process and appreciate the tremendous amount of public input we’ve received already.”