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The Suburbanite
  • Green prepared to launch superintendent search

  • Green Local plans to partner with Ohio-based Finding Leaders firm for superintendent search.

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  • Candidates could be anywhere.
    And the Green Local Board of Education is determined to find them.
    Immediately following the announcement that superintendent Michael Nutter will step down to pursue a private sector career, the Green Local Schools Board of Education discussed finding his successor. According to Green Local Board of Education President Steven Foster, no action was taken following the executive session  which was held after the regular monthly meeting.
    Foster, though, is confident the board will work with Finding Leaders as it searches for a new superintendent.
    Nutter was hired through a search process led by Finding Leaders.
    The organization, based in Valley View, Ohio, specializes in finding candidates for schools. It has worked with districts to hire superintendents, treasurers, principals and teachers.
    “We work with clients in the Columbus area and throughout Northeast Ohio,” Finding Leaders owner Paul Pendleton said. “We advertise locally, throughout the state and through a national advertising system.”
    According Pendleton, Finding Leaders representatives would collect applications and resumes for potential candidates and narrow the search for the board. Board members will have access to all applicants’ information if needed. The aim, Pendleton said, is to find the right fit for the schools and provide them with the best candidates for the job.
    “We do a lot of recruiting – phone calling and personal recruiting – and we narrow the field down to a few candidates,” Pendleton said. “We present that to the board who takes it from there.”
    Pendleton confirmed that the Green Board of Education had contacted the company about leading the superintendent search, but emphasized that no contract had been signed as of Wednesday. The fee for Finding Leaders’ services could be as much as $8,750, according to Pendleton.
    Finding Leaders has recently conducted searches for the Akron Public Schools, Cuyahoga Falls City Schools and North Royalton Schools.
    Foster said the Green Board of Education has had little time to plan for the superintendent search so it has not yet established what traits candidates for the job should exhibit.
    “We haven’t really started getting into all of those specifics,” Foster said. “Each of us, as board members, have our own ideas of what we would like to see (in a candidate), but, at this point, we have not brought all of those ideas together to say ‘this is what we want.’”