HEBRON – Three months to look for a new superintendent for Lakewood Schools may seem like a long time at first, but it will pass quickly, said Lakewood Superintendent Jay Gault who recently announced his retirement effective June 30, 2015.
He, Lakewood School Board members, and Licking County Education Service Center Superintendent Nelson McCray met in executive session Monday evening to discuss a timeline and process for replacing Gault.
In comparison to other superintendent searches for other districts, Gault said Wednesday that a three-month search is relatively fast. “Realistically, we’re at September 1,” he said. “I think there will be a lot of applicants. I think Lakewood’s a good place to be.”
McCray distributed the announcement for the open position Tuesday. The deadline for completed applications is 4 p.m. on Oct. 10. Preliminary screening of applications is Oct. 13 through 15. According to the vacancy announcement, first-level interviews with the board will be in mid-October, final interviews will be mid to late November, and a decision will be announced in mid-December.
According to the announcement, applicants for the superin tendent position must:
*Possess an Ohio Superintendent’s certificate,
*Possess successful experience as a superintendent, assistant supt., or principal,
*Demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence,
*Demonstrate ability to communicate with the board, staff, and community,
*Possess experience in budget preparation and fiscal management
*Demonstrate competence in labor relations and contract management
*Possess knowledge of food service, transportation, and building/ grounds
*Possess experience with running levy campaigns, bond and operating
*Possess knowledge of the construction of new/renovation of facilities, and,
*Be willing to participate in community activities.
“Dr. McCray’s been through this before,” Gault said. He said a committee would screen the applications. Like any hiring process, Gault said Lakewood’s search will be time consuming and thorough. “The board is committed to getting a good quality candidate,” he said, adding that the search will be statewide. Gault said board members will look for the candidate who can take the district to the next level.
Gault said he would continue to live within the district following his retirement. “I’m anxious to see who they find out there,” he said. “I think it’s exciting.”