Board of Education selects Jodie Hausmann as next superintendent

Board of Education selects next superintendent

The Bay Village Board of Education has hired Jodie Hausmann, Superintendent of Perkins Local School District in Sandusky, Ohio, to replace the district’s current superintendent, Clint Keener, when his retirement becomes effective August 1.

Hausmann has served as superintendent at Perkins since 2015, where she led a strategic planning process engaging more than 100 of the district’s stakeholders. She collaborated with community members for passage of an operating levy and permanent improvement renewal levy after a long district history of failed ballot issues. Under her instructional leadership, grade-level Value Added scores for the district moved from failing to straight A’s in one year, earning the Ohio Department of Education’s Momentum award for two years.

Before becoming superintendent at Perkins, Hausmann was Director of Teaching and Learning for the Parma City School District for four years, where she had previously served as an elementary school principal after teaching in that district at the elementary school level. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Cleveland State University (CSU), a Masters in Technology degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, and she received her superintendent licensure from CSU.

“Bay Village has been a district of excellence for many years and has a strong, rich tradition of success,” said Hausmann. “I admire the community’s support of its schools and its hometown values. It is clear that the staff is dedicated to providing an exemplary education by ensuring all children’s needs are met. My time attending Bay Village school athletic events, the Snoball Run and the interview process affirms for me that children are Bay Village’s first priority. It is my honor to be chosen as the new superintendent of Bay Village City Schools.”

Hausmann said she and her husband, Mike, will be looking for a home in Bay Village. “We are very impressed with the natural beauty of Bay Village,” she said. “We love the local focus on the arts, and we look forward to becoming a part of the community and meeting all our new neighbors.”

More than 30 applications for the district’s superintendent position were received by Finding Leaders, an educational search firm hired by the board. Board members then interviewed candidates who closely matched a profile that was developed by the search firm using feedback from nine focus groups held with district community members and school staff this past November. Finalists also participated in interviews this month with a group representing parents, teachers, support staff, administrators and residents without children in the schools, all stakeholders in the district’s success.

Board member Gayatry Jacob-Mosier coordinated the selection process with Finding Leaders and said she felt it worked well. “We have the utmost confidence that Jodie will do a great job for our school district,” she said.  “I know that all stakeholders wish her well and will help her be successful in her new role.”

The school board took the focus group feedback, the stakeholder interview feedback, and information from its own, multiple interviews with the candidates and came to a hiring decision.

“I look forward to working with Superintendent Keener during a period of time to ensure a smooth transition so that I can continue his great work and strong relationships with union leaders, parent organizations and community leaders,” said Hausmann. “During my first 100 days, I will be reaching out to listen and learn about the rich history of Bay Village and discover how we can work together to continue the success of the community.”

Steve Lee, president of the school board, said board members were very happy with the outcome of the selection process and the high quality of candidates who applied.

“It has been an extremely thorough process,” he said. “Because we value all stakeholder opinions, we held nine focus group sessions in November. Five staff sessions and four, widely-publicized public sessions gave everyone an opportunity to let the board know the qualities and attributes in a new superintendent that were important to them. The group interviews gave us even more information. It all helped our board members make our decision in filling this important position in our district.”

Lee said that Hausmann impressed the board with her knowledge, experience, and past performance, as well as with her thorough knowledge of the Bay Village district. “We believe Jodie can keep us on our path of excellence while meeting a variety of new challenges we face in the future,” he said. “We are all very much looking forward to working with her.”

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