SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — The school board at Shawnee schools will vote on hiring James Kanable as the new superintendent at its meeting Tuesday.
Kanable, selected out of 24 applicants, retired from the Liberty-Benton schools, effective Dec. 31, 2016, after eight years in the district. Board president Ellen Rovner was very pleased with Kanable’s selection.
“We interviewed him and four other candidates, and the board decided that he was the best choice for the district,” she said. “We’re very excited. I think he will be really good for the district.”
Kanable was hired in January 2009 as Liberty-Benton’s superintendent. He previously served as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Oregon City Schools since 2004. He also served as high school principal at Perrysburg and Tiffin Mohawk.
Describing Shawnee as one of the top 20 districts in the state, Kanable is eager to begin his work there.
“I’m truly excited,” he said. “It’s very rare that positions such as the Shawnee position become available.”
He will replace interim Superintendent Don H. Wade, effective Wednesday. Wade led the district since July 2016, when former superintendent Michael Lamb was found dead in his office.
“When I saw the unfortunate situation in which (the position) became available, it was heartbreaking, to say the least,” Kanable said. “Mr. Lamb and I were good friends, and he was a leader for our profession and will truly be missed.”
Kanable describes his administrative style as being as collaborative as possible while knowing that some situations still require quick decisions. In coming into a new district, Kanable sees himself getting acquainted with the district and the personnel before contemplating any changes.
“First, we need to honor the past, the tradition of excellence,” he said. “The second thing that needs to be done is analyze our current situation, whether it be financially, programmatic or with buildings and grounds. That all needs to come into play in getting a feel for where we currently are. Once that is done, the third thing is to create the vision for what we want the future to have.”
In an email, Wade said he will stay for a brief period to assist with the transition.
The school board will officially vote on hiring Kanable at its Tuesday meeting.