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Eugene Sanders Concludes Reign As Cleveland Schools Chief

Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:26 PM

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Cleveland Schools CEO Eugene Sanders steps down this Monday after five years on the job. Recently, Sanders sat down with ideastream's Dick Feagler to reflect on the hallmarks of his tenure. ideastream's Michelle Kanu reports.

Despite his abrupt resignation, Eugene Sanders says he served two years longer than the average urban district superintendent, and he came up with the ideas necessary to move the district forward.

Sanders: “The bottom line is the district has made some good progress over the last several years, but we need to move to the next level.  So we had a big choice to make, to either continue as we are, or to introduce new bold, and innovative ideas.  And it’s not so much about me and the ideas, it’s about the ideas which will stand the test of time.”

Those ideas will be left to Former National City Bank President Peter Raskind, who will step in temporarily as CEO on February 1st until Mayor Frank Jackson and the school board find a permanent replacement. 

Sanders doesn’t think his departure will hurt the district’s campaign for a tax levy to fill in its $47 million budget hole, but he says the district should consider every option for raising revenue.

He says he’s not burned out from his job with the district, but he’d rather put his efforts into farther reaching education policy. He’s not giving specifics about exactly what he’ll do next, but he is one of 25 candidates vying for the president position at Bowling Green State University, his alma matter.

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