Board member John Hagan this week called Dackin’s appointment a “Scaramucci type,” referencing former president Donald Trump’s communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who lasted 10 days in that position in 2017. Dackin lasted a little more than a week and it’s not clear why he resigned. In his resignation letter, he referenced “revolving door” concerns, shortly after leaving the state board to become superintendent.
Stephanie Siddens is the current interim state superintendent of public instruction and has been basically since DeMaria left. She did not apply for the permanent role.
“We had at one point, the superintendent and an assistant superintendent,” Hagan said. “The interim would seem more like limbo to me, and you can talk about moving forward, but I think you only move forward with certainty and leadership.”
In the middle of June, several members of the Ohio Board of Education nominated former Springboro superintendent Larry Hook for the state position. Hook was one of the final three candidates the board was considering. But board members declined in a 10-7 vote a motion to consider Hook for the position.
Hook has since been named superintendent of schools in the Forest Hills district on the east side of Cincinnati. Hagan withdrew a motion to consider Hook again for the state superintendent role on Tuesday.
Charlotte McGuire, the chair of the state school board, said she felt the Ohio Department of Education was in good hands with Siddens for now. But she noted the board will need to make a permanent decision about who to hire as the state superintendent.
“Those of you that know me, I wouldn’t be part of that,” McGuire said, referring to delaying a permanent appointment further. “And it’s our job to work together.”