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Ada Schools suspend search for new superintendent following interview questions leak

On Monday, January 25, the Ada Exempted Village Schools issued the following announcement cancelling the current search for a new superintendent. The board has a closed door executive session scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on February 1. Members of the Board of Education are President Matt Gossman, Vice-President Amy Mullins, Ron Fleming, Ted Griffith and Steve Ramey.

"The Ada Exempted Village Schools Board of Education has decided to cancel the current search for a Superintendent who will replace Superintendent Robin Van Buskirk following her retirement. 

"The Board will select an interim Superintendent who will serve the District for the 2023-2024 school year. The Board made this decision following one candidate in the current search receiving a copy of the questions intended for the interview process. 

"The questions were delivered to the candidate anonymously and the Board has not been able to identify the source of the copy of the advance questions. 

"Board President Matt Gossman explained, 'How can we proceed with a Superintendent search when the credibility of the search has been irreparably damaged by someone who violated the trust and integrity of this search process.  Finding the next leader of our schools is a sacred responsibility and we will take all necessary measures to ensure that the process is transparent and fair to all candidates.'"

Current superintendent Robin VanBuskirk was hired in October 2021, having previously served the district as Director of Teaching and Learning and as K-12 Principal.

Larry Claypool served as interim superintendent from about September 2021-November 2021.

Meri Skilliter served as superintendent from January 2017- July 2021.

Dr. Suzanne Darmer served as superintendent from January 2007-December 2016.