Columbus Schools Deny Harris Is Leaving

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Columbus City Schools are denying a report that Superintendent Gene Harris is close to retirement. The Toledo Blade quotes a man who says he was promised Harris’ job in the near future.

The source of the report is Keith Bell. He was a candidate for the Toledo Superintendent’s job, and is the brother of Toledo’s mayor. He withdrew as a candidate for the Toledo job to take the position of Chief Academic officer for Columbus City Schools. The Blade reports Bell said he accepted the new position with the understanding he would become Columbus superintendent when the current chief retires in the “near future.”

Columbus City Schools spokeswoman Kim Norris says Superintendent Gene Harris has made it clear she is not retiring and has no plans to leave the district. Currently, Bell is the director of secondary education for Westerville City Schools. Norris says he has been approved for the Columbus job subject to Columbus School Board approval. The vote is scheduled for next month.

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