The long-awaited announcement of who will be the next superintendent of Toledo Public Schools is expected to be made tonight.
The Toledo Board of Education is considering three candidates: two longtime public school administrators and a former military officer.
"We will go into executive session, have a conversation, and heaven only knows how long that will take," said Steven Steel, board vice president. "My hope is by the time we emerge [tonight], there will be consensus."
If so, board members still would have to negotiate an economic package with whomever they select.
Vying for the job are William Harner, a regional superintendent and special assistant to the chief executive of the Philadelphia School District; Thomas Maher, statewide project director for the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee, and John Foley, Toledo Public's interim superintendent, who has been with the district 30 years.
The board interviewed the three separately Friday for the second time in private sessions.
That meeting was preceded by separate private meetings Thursday between the candidates and the school system's top administrators, union leaders, business leaders, parents, community groups, and high school students. A community reception was held Thursday night.
Board members emerged from the all-day meeting Friday and said they needed more information but declined to elaborate. None of the board members would say if one of the finalists was a front-runner.
Board member Darlene Fisher said the public input has been helpful in the selection process.
"I was very encouraged to see the students participate as well as the business community and social agencies," she said.
The board was presented Friday with information and notes from the private sessions Thursday by Nancy Noeske, president of a Milwaukee-based executive search firm hired for $30,000 and up to $20,000 in expenses.
Attempts to reach Ms. Noeske yesterday were unsuccessful.