While Jan. 1 issued in the new year, it was also the start of the search for a new Poland Schools superintendent.
The first meeting of the "stakeholders committee," comprised of representatives of all the groups who take interest in who will manage the district in coming years, met Thursday, Jan. 3. Heading the committee is Julie Liddle, who was heavily involved in the Poland Levy Committee last year.
Other committee members include Maria Hoffmaster and John Allsopp representing the community; Mike Masucci representing school administration; Rocky Nittoli from the All-Sports Boosters; Nancy Morrow representing the Ohio Association of Public School Employees; Missy Kellgren from the PTO; Dr. Steven Gage representing Poland Band Boosters; Patrick Williams from the Poland Education Association; and Sonny Lipari, student class president from Poland Seminary High School.
Interim Superintendent Don Dailey said each of the committee members will be talking with the groups they represent in order to form a profile of what they would like to see in a superintendent. They will also be reaching out for input.
"Readers of the Town Crier can use Bulldogsforever.com to communicate with the committee," Dailey said.
The committee will be hard at work over the next few weeks and will present their findings at the Jan. 28 Board of Education meeting. The meeting will be held at Township Hall at 6 p.m.
Following that meeting, the Poland Board of Education will integrate their own goals with those of the committee. As this work is going on, the board will be receiving applications and resumes for the position. Dailey said they will be working with Ron Iarussi from the Mahoning County Educational Service Center to assist in the search. The application deadline isFeb. 15.
"We think we will be getting a good response," Dailey said concerning applications.
Applicants will be screened in February and narrowed to the top two to five. The board will then conduct interviews with the first round taking place from Feb. 18 through March 1. The second round will take place between March 4 and 8. Included in the second round will be a forum.
"Once we get down to the top two to five applicants, the committee will become re-engaged in the process," Dailey said. "They will participate in a forum-type interview process and will be asking questions."
He said the forum really puts pressure on the candidate and allows the board to see how they will function under pressure. Each group represented by the committee can ask questions pertinent to their group.
After the forum, the Board of Education members and the committee will meet and discuss the interview and candidate. The board will then be making the decision and the offer to the candidate is expected to be made on March 11. If the candidate accepts, the board will hold a special meeting to hire that candidate.
Once selected and if the candidate accepts, the starting date will be Aug. 1.