CHARDON, OH (WOIO) - The search for a new school superintendent for the Chardon Local Schools is progressing as planned, according to Board president, Karen Blankenship.
The Board of Education began the search process - to replace retiring Superintendent Joseph Bergant in October. Working with Cheryl Ryan of the Ohio School Boards Association, it progressed through a recruitment period, community and staff focus group sessions, and interviews leading to the selection of three finalists.
"We believe these three individuals are each extremely strong in many areas. Any one could easily be very successful in our district. We're at the point that we would like community and staff to have an opportunity to meet them as well."
The three finalists include Michael Hanlon, Superintendent, Painesville City Schools; Paul Lombardo, Principal, Willoughby South High School, Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools; and Joelle Magyar, Assistant Superintendent, Brunswick City Schools
Community members are invited to attend an open session to meet the three finalists on Tuesday, February 5; beginning at 6:00 PM at the Chardon Middle School. Each candidate will meet that evening with community members, district staff, and administrators.
According to Blankenship, the Board then hopes to find consensus about which finalist should!d be offered the position. "The road runs both ways," she said. "they're interviewing us and our district as much as we are interviewing them. The three candidates have the qualifications and experience we're searching for, but it's a matter of finding the right fit for our district and community."
The Board anticipates having a permanent superintendent in place before Bergarit departs. "We look forward to a smooth and positive transition," said Blankenship.