Five candidates to be interviewed for SWCS superintendent position

The South-Western City School District Board of Education has identified five candidates who will be invited for first-round interviews for the district’s open superintendent position.

The candidates were finalized during a May 22 special meeting.

On March 11, Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise announced his plans to step down from the position at the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year.

The board of education will interview the following candidates:
•Randy Banks, assistant superintendent at Worthington City Schools
•Dr. Todd Hoadley, superintendent at Tolles Career and Technical Center
•Dr. Jamie Lusher, deputy superintendent for South-Western City Schools
•Chris Papouras, superintendent for Euclid City Schools
•Dr. Walter Skaggs, superintendent of St. Clairsville-Richland City Schools

In taking into account the needs of all stakeholders in the district, the board has spent much time evaluating each applicant based on the merits of their experience, leadership acumen, and, most importantly, based on input from the community.

“We were incredibly impressed by both the quality of leadership and experiences of applicants who made their candidacy known to us through the submission of their application for the superintendent position,” said Chris Boso, board president. “On behalf of the board, we would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to all candidates who submitted an application to us and for their interest in investing their time, talents, and energy into our students, schools, and community. In the weeks to come, we are excited to get to know interviewees on a more personal level and to hear how they plan to help generations of students succeed and reach their post-secondary dreams under their proposed leadership plans.”

First-round interviews for candidates are scheduled to take place on May 28 and May 29 in executive session with the board of education. Following those interviews, the board will then evaluate candidates further and extend second-round interviews to finalists scheduled for June 3 and June 4.

For more information on interview and hiring timelines, swcsd.us.

The South-Western City School District serves approximately 21,000 students and employs 2,700 staff members. Serving the communities of Darbydale, Franklin Township, Columbus, Grove City, Pleasant Township, Prairie Township, Urbancrest, and Westland, the district’s 119-square mile footprint encompasses an array of both urban and suburban settings with an intimate, neighborhood-like makeup.

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