Springboro community helps find next superintendent of schools


SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) — Classrooms which will soon be full of students were filled with those who could help shape their future at Springboro schools.

It was an opportunity some parents, like Dave Hoy, said they could not pass up in meeting the final three candidates for the district’s superintendent position.

“It’s 80 percent of why we chose Springboro was because of the schools,” said Hoy, who has an a 7th and a 9th grader in the district.

On Monday, the final three candidates to become Springboro’s next superintendent came face-to-face with the community and teachers they hope to work with.

One of the candidates will be replacing the current superintendent, Todd Petrey, who will be resigning August 31.

The candidates being considered all have positions as superintendents with school districts in Ohio:

  • Melissa Kircher serves as superintendent at Bethel-Tate Local School District in Clermont County
  • Jennifer Penczarski serves as superintendent at Kenton City Schools in Hardin County
  • Daniel Schroer serves as superintendent at Margaretta Local Schools in Erie County

Each one of them spoke individually to groups of parents and teachers before heading off to their final interview with the Springboro Board of Education.

“At the end of each session, we actually have a three question survey that they fill out quickly,” said Karen DeRosa, District Communications Coordinator for Springboro Schools. “We gather those and we are bringing those to the board as well as they interview the candidates tonight.”

It was a meeting giving teachers and parents a chance to voice their concerns directly.

“Above and beyond all else the quality of the teaching staff is paramount,” said Hoy.

The district plans to announce who will be the next superintendent sometime during the week.

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