Akron Superintendent David James one of top three candidates in search for Columbus superintendent

“We haven’t decided (who the finalists are) because we don’t make decisions in executive session because that would violate (state) law,” board President Gary Baker said Wednesday.

The board will conduct a second round of formal interviews with each of the three semifinalists, followed by a series of public events to give the district’s students and staff members an opportunity to meet them. The schedule has not been announced.

The new superintendent will come aboard as the district is facing more than 160 layoffs and $21 million in cuts for next school year.

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District emails revealed that the board had been allowing a search consultant to keep documents to usurp the Ohio Public Records Act and that the board had been making decisions about narrowing the field in potentially illegal private meetings.

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