- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CINCINNATI (AP) - A major Ohio school district has named a new superintendent, ending a nationwide search for candidates.

The Cincinnati school board voted unanimously Tuesday to promote Catherine Laura Mitchell to replace Mary Ronan. Ronan is retiring Aug. 1. Mitchell is the current deputy superintendent for Cincinnati Public Schools.

The search for a new superintendent was launched when Ronan announced her retirement after serving nine years as the district’s chief administrator.

School board officials used a third-party recruiting firm to find candidates. A field of 58 candidates was eventually narrowed down to Mitchell and Andre Spencer, superintendent of a school district in Colorado.

Mitchell was the only internal candidate. The Cincinnati native says her main priority will be to accelerate academic achievement throughout the district.

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