Regina Fuentes, spokeswoman for the Columbus Education Association, said the next superintendent needs to be student-centered.

COLUMBUS, OH – the state’s largest school district there will be a new manager soon. The Columbus Board of Education announced the six semifinalists Monday.

Regina Fuentes is a spokesperson for the Columbus Education Association and is also a high school teacher.

“We are very, very strong and compassionate about finding someone who is student-centered,” Fuentes said. She said the county needs someone who is willing to listen.

“Not just looking at it as a stepping stone, but looking at it as an opportunity to really make a difference and bring great things to the kids of Columbus,” Fuentes said.

The Columbus chapter of the NAACP is also closely following the election. Nana Watson, chapter president, said. “The NAACP believes the next superintendent needs to be proactive, the next superintendent needs to be transparent.”

She said CCS needs a leader who is willing to work with the community and parents to improve student education.

“This person will be responsible for the education of our children,” Watson said. “We want to see integrity from the superintendent.”

The finalists will be announced Thursday, and then the board will invite candidates to visit the district next week. There will also be a public forum to ask them questions.

The supervisor is expected to be selected during the week of May 15.

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