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Cincinnati Board of Education Announces Superintendent Finalists

April 27, 2017

The Cincinnati Board of Education today (April 26, 2017) announced it has selected two finalists to become the next Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools.

Catherine Laura Mitchell and Andre SpencerThe finalists:

  • Catherine Laura Mitchell, Deputy Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Andre Spencer, Superintendent of Harrison School District 2, Colorado Springs, Colo.

The public is invited to meet the finalists at a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017, at Mayerson Academy, 2650 Highland Avenue, 45219 (Corryville).

The two emerged as the leading candidates through an extensive national search process shaped in large part by input from local stakeholders, said Board President Ericka Copeland-Dansby. Thirteen priority qualities for the superintendent were identified in surveys, open meetings and small-group sessions involving parents, district employees and community representatives, she noted. Some of the questions used in the interview process were suggested by stakeholders.

“They are both bright, dynamic educational leaders who rose to the top based on proven track records of raising academic achievement, achieving greater equity in access to opportunities and outcomes for all students, and a commitment to deeply engage the community,” she said.

The Board began the search following the announcement of Superintendent Mary Ronan in November that she would retire at the end of July following nine years in the district’s top administrative position.

Ray and Associates, an educational executive search firm with extensive experience, spearheaded the search, which attracted 58 candidates in a diverse demographic pool including applicants from across the country. The candidate pool included 14 females and 44 males; 30 white candidates; 21 African-American candidates, three Hispanic candidates and four representing other ethnicities. They came from more than 40 states.

“The selection of a superintendent of schools is one of the most important decisions to be made on behalf of a community,” Copeland-Dansby said. “The Board knew it was important to listen to our stakeholders’ voices in this process, and they have led us to these excellent finalists.”

She said Board members will continue to focus on stakeholder priorities in making a final selection. Their goal is to name the Superintendent in May and have the person selected assume the position no later than August 1.

“We hope that many in our community will take advantage of the opportunity to meet our finalists in person on May 8,” Copeland-Dansby said.

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