DANVILLE — The Danville school board on Monday learned about the typical steps taken in the search for a school superintendent.

Guest speaker Steve Horton, a school board services consultant with the Ohio School Boards Association, said the hiring of a superintendent is probably the most important decision a board of education makes.

He spoke about the elements of a successful search, the importance of communications throughout the process and pitfalls which could crop up. He said the board as a whole needs to think about things such as the most desirable characteristics and qualifications, salary expectations, what to include on an application form, how the candidates will be vetted, who will contact references and how the board will decide which candidates will be interviewed. Horton said it is vital the board be transparent and positive throughout the process, letting stakeholders — the staff, administrators and the community — know how the search is going.

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