Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Adamowski on short list for new job

School chief noncommittal about Nashville

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Three years into his job as Cincinnati Public Schools superintendent, Steven Adamowski confirmed Tuesday that he is being considered for the top job in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

        Moreover, Dr. Adamowski indicated that he might be open to an offer, saying, “I have made no decision relative to exploring this opportunity.”

        Reports from Tennessee indicated that Dr. Adamowski is on a short list of four or five candidates to be released today by the school board.

        Dr. Adamowski could not be reached Tuesday, but in a statement said:

        “I feel that whatever interest may exist in me personally, it is simply a reflection of the success of our reform strategy and the efforts of thousands of staff and community members to improve the public schools of Cincinnati.”

        Dr. Adamowski oversaw a successful levy campaign in November that gave Cincinnati schools a jump start on reducing class size and bolstering neighborhood schools. A high-school restructuring plan and an innovative teacher-evaluation system are two reforms that have won wide praise.

        Cincinnati power brokers, though reluctant to see him recruited, nevertheless understand his appeal.

        Laura Long, executive director of the Cincinnati Business Committee, said, “We know that Steve is thought of very highly on a national level. He would be one who would be sought, there's no doubt about that.”

        A diverse Nashville community group screened more than 50 names and applications and reduced the list to 11, then four or five, said Craig Owensby, schools spokesman in Nashville.

        If a short-listed candidate wants the Nashville job, he or she will be interviewed in Nashville on Saturday. Finalists' names will go to the Board of Public Education, whose nine members will make the choice.

        CPS has an enrollment of 42,600 students, Nashville 69,464. The district encompasses all of Davidson County, including Nashville.

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