CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – The Chagrin Falls Board of Education has narrowed its search for a superintendent to three finalists.
They are Aireane Curtis, superintendent of Windham Exempted Village Schools; Maura Horgan, director of curriculum and staff development for Newark City Schools; and Jennifer Penczarski, superintendent of Kenton City Schools.
The board conducted final interviews with these three candidates in person Monday night (April 5), board President Phil Rankin said.
Curtis has been superintendent of Windham Schools, in Portage County, since July 2019. Prior to that, she was director of curriculum for Streetsboro City Schools for six years.
Horgan has held her position at Newark Schools, in the Columbus area, since 2015. She has been employed by the Newark City School District since 1990.
Penczarski has been superintendent of Kenton Schools since 2010. Kenton is in Hardin County in West Central Ohio.
According to Rankin, the board received about 60 applications from candidates seeking to replace Superintendent Robert Hunt, who was named superintendent of the Barrington 220 Community Unit School District in the Greater Chicago area in January.
Hunt, who has been superintendent of Chagrin Falls Schools since 2012, will remain with the district through the end of this school year and support the transition to the next superintendent. He will begin his new position July 1.
The board interviewed six candidates in the first round of interviews, which took place via Zoom video March 29 and 31.
In the board’s original timeline, final interviews were scheduled for Tuesday (April 13) and Wednesday (April 14). But Rankin said the board needed to deviate from that plan because one of the finalists is also a candidate for another superintendent’s position.
Based on that original timeline, the board was slated to hire the new superintendent at its next regular meeting April 21. But Rankin said a special meeting of the board will be likely be held prior to April 21 to announce that decision.
The board approved a contract with K-12 Business Consulting, of New Albany, Ohio, in late January to help conduct the search.
It’s expected the new superintendent will assume her duties on or before Aug. 1.