After nearly 90 minutes of a closed-door, executive session, Toledo Public School's Board of Education is a step closer to selecting an interim superintendent, narrowing the search from five to three.
Board President Brenda Hill announced TPS Assistant Superintendent, Romulus Durant, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools Superintendent, Douglas Heuer, and Oregon City Schools Superintendent, Michael Zalar were selected from the candidates. All three will next move onto a round of interviews, likely to be scheduled the first week of April.
Whoever takes over, board members hope to have an overlap period, so current TPS Superintendent Dr. Jerome Pecko and the new interim can make a smooth transition into the district and the position.
"It's more than a full time job, so we're glad that we have people who are interested and we're going to look to see who might fit best for Toledo," said Hill. She said she believes the new interim must have excellent communication skills. "Someone who can really talk to the citizens in Toledo, the children in Toledo, the teachers in Toledo, the staff in Toledo, and have a good repertoire with everyone"
Hill added she personally hopes the new hire will be able to bring results to the district. "Number one, we need to have our scores go up," said Hill. "I would personally like to have someone who kind of has confidence and people have confidence in them and their abilities."