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Chesapeake schools begin search for new superintendent

CHESAPEAKE – The search is on for a new superintendent of the Chesapeake-Union Exempted Village School District.

Thursday, March 07, 2002

CHESAPEAKE – The search is on for a new superintendent of the Chesapeake-Union Exempted Village School District.

Fred Wood Jr., the school’s current superintendent resigned at a board meeting in January. Wood has worked for 31 years at the Chesapeake school system, with 20 years as a principal or assistant principal and 10 years in his current job.

"There comes a time," Wood said at that board meeting, "when it’s time to go." Wood said he had reached a point in his professional and personal life when it was "not a bad time to make a change."

In order to find a new superintendent, the school board has enlisted the services of an outside consultant. On Feb. 21, the school board agreed to hire consulting services from the Ohio School Board Association to assist the district in finding a candidate for the position.

According to information prepared by the board of education, the board will specify the qualifications for the next superintendent and the OSBA will act as the board’s agent in posting the information and disseminating brochures across the nation.

Applications for the superintendent position will be accepted by the board until May 10.

In a prepared statement, the board said that after the application period closes, the board will then screen each candidate by "an objective screening committee consisting of two outside consultants and the OSBA consultants."

The board will then receive a screening committee report that will contain recommendations regarding which candidates best meets the boards criteria.

After reviewing the report, the board will then conduct interviews, reference checks and possibly visit the school districts that now employ an outside finalist.

Wood will resign on July 31, the last day of his contract. The board hopes to name its next superintendent by the end of June.

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