London Schools starts superintendent search

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(Posted Nov. 24, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

London City Schools is starting the search process for a new superintendent.

Superintendent Tom Ben’s contract expires July 31, 2015. He is not seeking a contract renewal.

The school board hired K-12 Business Consulting Inc., a Dublin, Ohio, firm, to conduct the search process. The board met with K-12 representatives Nov. 18 to work out a timeline.

“It’s about a three-month process” from the start of the search to making the hire, said Christopher Mohr of K-12.

The first task will be to create a search profile—what school officials, staffers and the community want in their new superintendent, Mohr said. Once the profile is set, K-12 will not just advertise the position but also aggressively headhunt via a statewide network of education professionals.

Depending on the timeline the school board chooses, K-12 could have a pool of potential candidates by the end of January, Mohr said.

Ben has served London City Schools since Jan. 1, 2012, when he was hired as interim superintendent following the retirement of Steve Allen. In January 2013, he was named superintendent through July 2015.

Ben has over 40 years of experience in education, including more than 18 years as a superintendent. He had retired in 2010, after which he served short stints as a principal mentor and interim superinten-dent in other districts.

Student accomplishments

At the Nov. 18 school board meeting, building principals listed recent student accomplishments.

  • London Elementary students are conducting community service projects for Food Thru Faith and Madison County Job & Family Services.
  • The seventh and eighth grade volleyball team is once again undefeated and won their tournament.
  • The London Middle School PTO and student council hosted a dance on Nov. 1. Admission was $2 plus non-perishable food items for local families in need. Over 200 students attended; 600 food items were collected.
  • London High School senior Jacob Handley was named a commended student in the National Merit Scholarship program. He earned the honor by scoring in the top 2 to 3 percent of the 1.5 million students nationwide who took the preliminary SAT test. Handley also earned the Honda OSU Math Medal as the top math student in his graduating class at London.
  • The London High School powder puff football game, held in early November, raised $500 for a student who is going through a difficult time.
  • The high school’s National Honor Society collected 2,300 food items for HELP House Community Outreach.
  • Five high schoolers performed Nov. 14 as part of honor bands at Capital University. For the third year, Alex Cox was named to the top group. Nathan Adkins, Elizabeth Bennett, Grant Brooks and Clark Duffey played in the honors concert band.
  • The high school marching band earned an excellent rating at state competition on Nov. 9. This was the band’s sixth consecutive trip to state.
  • Four high schoolers were accepted into the All Star Brass Band in Columbus: Nathan Adkins, Carson Clawson, Alex Cox and Austin Wilt. The group rehearses on Sundays throughout the year and performs in Upper Arlington three or four times a year. Last year, the group toured in New York City over the summer and played at Carnegie Hall.
  • FFA members Austin Crumley, Frank Hildebrand and Rebekka Knoll competed in the sub-district job interview contest at Graham High School. Hildebrand placed second, Crumley placed third, and Knoll placed sixth. Hildebrand and Crumley advanced to the district contest which was held Nov. 6 at North Union High School.

Board work session

The school board will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Board Conference Room 222 at London Elementary. The work session will cover future staffing and facility needs in the district. The meeting is open to the public. No voting will take place.

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