Poland parents invited to focus group for new superintendent selection

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The outside firm involved in the hiring process is called Finding Leaders, and they will be helping to narrow down the list of applicants

POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The search continues for a new superintendent for Poland Schools after the retirement of Dave Janofa, who’s been gone since February 1. Dr. Edwin Holland is in charge in the interim.

Monday night at 7 p.m., the firm hired to find a permanent replacement talked with around 20 people about what they’re looking for. Parents were invited to join the process.

The outside firm involved in the hiring process is called Finding Leaders, and they will be helping to narrow down the list of applicants.

“We find out what the community and the staff members are really looking for in their next leader, and then we try to match those up with the strengths of the person and how they can add to the school district,” said David Kircher, a recruiter at the firm.

But some in the community think the board should save the money spent to hire Finding Leaders and put it to use in other ways.

“I personally am one of those individuals who didn’t think we needed to go to a search firm to go out and find candidates for the district. I feel, personally, that we could have used the money a little bit more wisely,” said Rocky Nittoli, a parent at the event.

One of the big concerns continues to be the school district’s buildings.

“I think facilities are a topic that’s going to continue to be out there on the agenda for everybody,” Nittoli said.

Nittoli, as well as many others in Monday night’s meeting, want to keep being heard in the search for a new superintendent.

“The gentleman leading the recruiting search mentioned there were going to be some additional forums and opportunities to ask questions and be a part of the interview process. I hope that holds true. I think the community wants to be involved,” Nittoli said.

Kircher believes that Poland provides an attractive opportunity for many potential superintendents.

“It’s a quality district. It’s got a reputation throughout the state. We know that. We talk to people from surrounding districts. They look up to Poland,” Kircher said.

The school board is looking to hire their new superintendent in early May.

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Mel Robbins Main Area Middle

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