Columbus Superintendent candidates meet the parents



On the first of a three-day district tour for the 3 finalists vying for Columbus Schools Superintendent, former Columbus Schools Principal and current Cleveland Heights/University Heights superintendent Dr. Talissa Dixon answered questions asked by parents like James Ragland.

“I’m very happy for the district for allowing us to have the opportunity to speak to all 3 candidates,” said Ragland.

Ragland is the father of a Columbus Schools grad and a Columbus Eastmore 11th grader.

Hope McGonigle has a 4th and 7th grader in the district.

“I Think it’s important that families have some sort of input even though it’s not voting input,” said McGonigle.

To each one, the questions are as important as the opportunity to ask them.

“I wanted to find out what Doctor Dixon’s grasp of leadership in a large scale district with multiple political and cultural challenges was,” asked Ragland.

Columbus School Board President Gary Baker says all the parents who attend 1 of the 3 sessions are a critical part of the process and consideration in its final outcome.

“Community input is very important to the decision-making process,” said Baker.

For Dr. Dixon that means feedback from McGonigle and Ragland will help determine if she gets the job or not.

As for Ragland?

He was satisfied with Dixon’s knowledge of curriculum but not the rest of her response to what he asked.

“I feel like her understanding tax incentives at city hall impact directly the funding for Columbus City Schools probably needs to be a bit more firm,” said Ragland.

Dixon spent the first part of the day touring the district, meeting with teachers and students. The other two candidates will do the same over the next two nights.

The school board says they hope to announce their decision in October so the new Superintendent can begin on or before January 1, 2019.

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  1. I wouldn”t characterize what Mr. Tran does as being “politically incorrect. It is far more sinister than that. He attacks people in our community. He has made threats against parents, teachers and staff. His unceasing attacks on our Superintendent are far beyond the dismissive “polically incorrect here. Mr. Tran is unstable, uniformed (he”s left his board packets unopened more than a few times) and goes violently from one position to another depending on how he”s feeling at that moment. Witness his recent vote on terminating the Del Terra Program Management contracts. It was only *after* the meeting did he realize what his emotions had led him to. He”s tried to walk it back since. And he”s done this on several occasions. Now we have credible information that he harassed Dr. Bauer from multiple sources. And a restraining order. Esau Herrera may not stand up for our Superintendent, but we can. There will be a hearing at 190 N. 1st Street in San Jose this next Tuesday (9/11) at 9:00am. The community should come and show that this community is concerned about our Superintendent and how we can stand up against these bullies. Enough Alum Rock. vendor information pages

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