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Cleveland Schools Enter Final Stages of CEO Search

Monday, May 30, 2011 at 11:00 PM

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Today, the Cleveland Schools are entering the final stage of the search process for a new CEO. ideastream’s Michelle Kanu has the report.

After relying on a search committee to screen 126 applicants, the Cleveland School Board, Mayor Frank Jackson and interim chief Peter Raskind will hold 90 minute interviews with the top three CEO candidates this morning.

The finalists are Cheryl Atkinson, schools chief in Lorain, Chris Scott, superintendent of schools in Lowell, Massacusetts, and Bernard Taylor, the school leader in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The last step will be to visit the districts where the contenders currently work.

Arnold Pinkney, a former school board member who helped narrow down the list of candidates, says site visits are common in national searches for district superintendents.

Pinkney: “The site visits are for the purpose of talking to people in the community who have worked with the superintendent or CEO in education to find out what type of community participant he or she was and what is their relationship with parental groups.”

Roseann Canfora, a spokesperson for the Cleveland Schools, says the site visits have not yet been scheduled.  Mayor Jackson has previously said he hopes to select a new leader by June 1st.

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