For the first time, the three finalists being considered for the position of Columbus City Schools superintendent met with the public in a public forum.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three finalists are being considered for the position for the first time Thursday Columbus City Schools the superintendent met with the community for a public forum.

Dr. Angela Chapman, Dr. Brian McDonald, and Dr. Eric Thomas answered a variety of questions from stakeholders, parents, teachers, and students.

“Learning will not happen unless we develop meaningful relationships with our students,” said Dr. Chapman.

CCS reports that 31 candidates applied to search firm Ray and Associates after a nationwide search.

The school district said each candidate was vetted by the board’s search firm based on the candidate’s experience, background and community and board input.

“I think we can all agree that we have to do what’s best for the kids,” Dr. MacDonald said.

“We’re going to sit down as equals and create something,” Dr. Thomas said.

At the forum was CCS bus driver Naterius Manson, who said he wants to see someone hold people accountable.

“I would like someone to take responsibility. Someone was making executive decisions, Manson said. “I think it would be very smart for the kids to have someone who is already working on the ground and seeing what’s going on.”

The council said that they will start the last talks on May 15. Board members said Thursday that they are not going to set a final date for when the next superintendent will be chosen.

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