ODE programming officer tapped to head agency as state board searches for permanent leader

BY: - May 10, 2023

The chief programming officer at the Ohio Department of Education has been appointed the next interim state superintendent of public instruction. Chris Woolard was one of two candidates recommended by ODE’s outgoing interim superintendent of public instruction, Dr. Stephanie Siddens, who is leaving to become Upper Arlington City Schools’ deputy superintendent. Woolard’s first day as […]

Along with health department, state auditor missed 4,000 COVID-19 deaths during probe

BY: - February 18, 2021

The Ohio State Auditor’s months-long investigation into the state health department’s COVID-19 data practices failed to detect the 4,000 newly discovered COVID-19 deaths announced by the Ohio Department of Health last week. Auditor Keith Faber’s staff have declined to fully explain how they missed the deaths — which sprung Ohio’s death toll from about 12,000 […]

How ODH undershot the COVID-19 death toll by 34%

BY: - February 12, 2021

Human error, bureaucracy, and an abrupt crush of COVID-19 deaths this fall all factored into a critical accounting mistake obscuring Ohio’s full pandemic death toll, officials said Thursday. Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud said the blunder traces back to a single employee who was tasked with resolving differences in death tolls between two […]

DeWine hires attorney with thin public health background to lead health department

BY: - November 6, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine hired an attorney to lead the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday, a position that has remained vacant for the past five months of the pandemic. Stephanie McCloud, who currently runs the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, will take over a position that has been filled on only an interim basis since […]