Eye on Education

State Superintendent Candidate Withdraws, Gets Raise to Stay in Current Position

State Board of Education President Debe Terhar

After one of two remaining finalists to serve as Ohio’s state superintendent withdrew from consideration, the State Board of Education met to interview lone finalist, former Illinois state superintendent Robert Schiller.

Board President Debe Terhar said she first learned that Reynoldsburg Superintendent Stephen Dackin was considering withdrawing from consideration at 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon, when she received this letter from Dackin.

In the letter, Dackin declines “further consideration for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction” and writes that that “the Reynoldsburg Board of Education “made it clear to me this weekend that it would prefer not to end my current contract prematurely.”

The Reynoldsburg board voted unanimously at a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. today to raise Dackin’s base pay by $25,000, to about $145,000, said Reynoldsburg board president Andy Swope. Board members had spoken with Dackin individually on Friday and Saturday to about remaining in Reynoldsburg, Swope said.

“The board felt that it was important to keep him in our district,” Swope said, pointing to the fact that the district is likely to meet state performance standards this year for the first time, among other accomplishments under Dackin’s leadership.

Terhar said this morning that the state board would “continue exactly the way we intended.”

“We’re going to have Dr. Schiller come and the board will interview him. We’ll go ahead and see what we do to move forward. Either the board votes in tomorrow’s session to support him or we’ll see….”

The board went into executive session to interview Schiller at about 8:30 this morning and is scheduled to emerge into public session at 2:30 p.m.



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