Lorain school board president makes additional record request in CEO hire

From The Chronicle The school board president has filed another round of public records requests in relation to the hiring of the district’s CEO.

According to the request made Thursday morning, Tony Dimacchia wants to see:

  • A copy of the contract with TNTP and the Academic Distress Commission and/or the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Any and all email sent or received in the last 60 days by John Richards, deputy superintendent of the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Any and all text messages sent or received in the last 60 days by Richards as it pertains to the search and hiring of the CEO, David Hardy.
  • And any and all emails sent or received in the last 30 days by TNTP to the Hardy, the Oho Department of Education and the commission.

The request is the second Dimacchia has made in less than a week after an extensive list last Friday that included the contact with Atlantic Research Partners, the 37 applications for CEO and texts and emails regarding the search, which cost $25,000.

Previously, Atlantic Research Partners President Jim Hager has said, with the exception of the five finalists, the firm will not release the resumes of the other 32 candidates.

“It is important to state that Atlantic Research Partners carried out the very charge we were given by the commission: to recruit a strong pool of dynamic applicants and to narrow the candidates to three to five highly qualified finalists,” he said in a July 20 statement. “In doing so, we also maintained, as promised, the confidentiality of all applicants who were not named finalists, in order to not jeopardize their current employment.”

Hager did not return a request for comment.

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