The Kenston Board of Education has contracted with the Ohio School Boards Association to assist in the search to replace outgoing Superintendent Nancy Santilli. The board will include a time in the search process for OSBA Consultant William Waidelich to meet with staff and the community in several focus groups. 

The board hopes to complete the search in late spring, with the new superintendent beginning work in the district around Aug. 1.  

These focus groups will help augment the profile the district has developed for Kenston’s next leader. 

These conversations will take place during three separate times at Timmons Elementary School on Wednesday, April 11 and will focus on three areas: major issues, challenges, or opportunities for the district; performance experience or expectations for the next superintendent; and leadership characteristics that should be evident in the next superintendent. 

The three focus areas are broad topics that will help elicit more specific opinions from the district’s stakeholders, Board President Nesya Gaskins said. 

“These areas are one tool in our toolbox to assist in the superintendent search,” Mrs. Gaskins said. “Each stakeholder group has its own unique perspective, wants, and needs from a superintendent.”

The sessions will last approximately one hour. The times for each session are 4:30 p.m. for school employees, 6 p.m. for any interested community and business members, and 7 p.m. for parents. A brief, three-question survey to collect additional input from parents and interested community members can be taken at

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