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Columbus City Schools Names Three Semi-Finalists For Superintendent

Nick Evans
The search for the next superintent of Columbus City Schools is down to three candidates.

Columbus City Schools has narrowed its list of superintendent candidates to three and the district’s interim leader is not on the list.

Interim Superintendent John Stanford was a finalist in the first search, which fell apart in the wake of open meetings law violations.

Talisa Dixon, the first of three semi-finalists, serves as superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights district.

She’s been the district’s leader for three years and has more than two decades of experience as an administrator. She was one of four applicants secretly interviewed by the board in its previous superintendent search.

Terry Dade is an assistant superintendent overseeing part of the Fairfax County Public School System in Virginia.  He’s held that position for two years, and he’s spent another 10 years in school administration.

Ava Tasker-Mitchell is an assistant superintendent with Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland.  In her current postition, Mitchell is an elementary instructional director.

All three finalists are looking for multi-year contracts. Dixon and Tasker-Mitchell’s current salaries are about $165,000. Dade earns $187,500 in his position.

The district will host three candidate meet-and-greets next week.

  • Monday, September 17 at Independence High School 
  • Tuesday, September 18 at Centennial High School 
  • Wednesday, September 19 at Columbus Africentric Early College