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Chesy board wants Payne as interim superintendent

Published 9:24am Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Search to begin to replace Howard


CHESAPEAKE — The head of the county’s educational center is expected to fill in while the Chesapeake School Board searches for a new district leader.

On June 29, Dr. Scott Howard, who had directed the school district for the past five years, resigned as superintendent. Howard’s resignation is effective July 31.

Now the school board is gearing up for a search for a candidate to replace Howard.

“We decided to ask Jim Payne to to interim superintendent,” Carl Lilly, school board president, said.

Payne is the superintendent of the Lawrence County Educational Service Center.

The board is expected to officially make the request to Payne at its regular meeting on July 23.

At a special session earlier this month the board voted to hire Robert Cross of Cross Management Consulting of Portsmouth to help in the search for new superintendent.

“He is very familiar with most school boards in several counties,” Lilly said.

The preliminary search plan will focus on advertising in Tri-State and Columbus newspapers, the board president said.

“We are going to take our time, as long as Jim can hang on,” he said. “We really haven’t had a chance to meet and set a timetable.”

The board expects to determine a schedule at its July meeting.

While Payne and Howard have their doctorates, a PhD. is not required to hold the post of school superintendent. In fact, they are the only two superintendents in the county with their doctorates.

However, all candidates must have their superintendent’s certificate. That typically follows an individual first gaining teaching experience and then receiving a master’s in educational administration to become a school principal. Following experience as an administrator and additional course work, an individual can apply for the superintendent’s certificate.

“(It’s) to be more well-rounded on how the whole operation works,” Payne said.

Howard remains on salary through the end of the month and is taking paid vacation.

  1. Poor Richard

    It’s truly going to be a ‘battle of the schools’ when the state starts consolidating Ohio public schools. They are already jockeying for the position of the last school standing in Lawrence County.

    Just think, no more $100,000 – $200,000 a year salaries for administrators and principals at eight different school districts, no more levies, no more money for employing relatives and friends, no more maintaining three buildings per school district and no more multi-million dollar ‘sports complexes’. The schools left standing may actually have to spend money on real education – what a novel concept.

    Isn’t that hilarious, no PhD is required for a public school superintendent!

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