CPS appoints interim; continues search for superintendent

Mary Ronan
Mary Ronan

(CINCINNATI) -- The Cincinnati Board of Education appointed an interim superintendent and vowed to continue their search for a replacement for Superintendent Rosa Blackwell.

The board choose Mary Ronan as the interim superintendent.  She currently services as Director of Schools supervising the district's principals.  Her appointment starts August 1st and could last up to one year.

Ronan has worked for Cincinnati Public Schools for 31 years as a teacher and administrator. Prior to supervising principals, she served as principal of Kilgour Elementary School, which earned a 2001-02 National Blue Ribbon award for excellence from the U.S. Department of Education under her leadership.

"As a parent of a daughter in Cincinnati Public Schools, I know how high the stakes are for our district to raise student achievement," she said. "I am committed to working with the entire CPS team to stay focused on that goal - not just for my own child, but for every child attending our schools."

During Ronan's tenure the board plans to continue their search for a replacement of Rosa Blackwell, who is stepping down after two years with district.  The board interviewed two candidates last week - St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Diana Bourisaw and Providence (Rhode Island) Superintendent Donnie Evans - and determined that neither was a good fit for the district.

Ronan said she would recommend that Tom Rothwell, currently an Instructional Support Team Principal Coach and formerly Principal of Clark Montessori High School, be appointed as Interim Director of Schools. Both Ronan and Rothwell will be able to return to their former positions when a new Superintendent is selected.

Bolton said  the Board's goal is to continue the search process through the first half of the 2008-09 school year, announcing a Superintendent selection before the end of December 2008. Superintendent Rosa Blackwell announced last fall her decision to retire when her contract ends on July 31.

FOX19.com Staff