WEST MILTON — After 39 years with Milton-Union Exempted Village Schools, Superintendent Ginny Rammel will retire in July.
“This place has been my life,” Rammel said. Her retirement will be effective July 31. She added that she announced her intention to retire early in the year to give the district plenty of time to hire her replacement.
To assist the district in finding a new superintendent, the consultants of K-12 Business Consulting organized a search that included public forums and community input. A new superintendent is expected to be hired in mid-April, consultant Kathy Lowery said.
The community was invited to go the district’s website and fill out a questionnaire, which should be returned by fax or email to the search firm by Feb. 12.
At a community forum held Feb. 8, residents were asked to name the district’s strengths, the challenges currently facing the schools, and identify characteristics a new superintendent should have.
Residents listed some of the districts strengths as great teachers, excellent facilities, heritage and tradition, and high academic standards.
One community member pointed out that the district needs a superintendent who is a strong leader. The forum attendees agreed that a new superintendent should also support the arts and have a good relationship with the community.
Some of the community’s concerns for the district included a perceived need for more parental involvement. Other residents added that they’d like to see students taught to be more responsible with social media.
The consultants held two days of meetings with stakeholders, including students, teaching staff, administrators and other school employees, clergy and senior citizens, city council and township trustees, and other community members. These groups were asked to fill out questionnaires detailing the traits a new superintendent should have.
“We usually get about 100 to 150 questionnaires returned,” Lowery said. “And then we have heard what all the groups have told us, including students.”
Information from the questionnaires will be tabulated and posted on the district’s website, she said. The search firm will recruit candidates through March 25.
The consultants and the school board will review all the applicants for the position and the board will narrow the field down to eight candidates, Lowery said. There are several special meetings proposed for early April for the board and the community to meet some of the candidates.
On the final evening of interviews, set for April 13, each candidate will make a 20-30 minute presentation to the board. The board will select a candidate that evening and officially hire the new superintendent on April 18.
To fill out a superintendent search questionnaire, go to www.milton-union.k12.oh.us/SuperintendentSearch and print out a copy of the form. On the site are instructions for submitting questionnaires.
Reach Cecilia Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 552-2205.