By Jeff Gallatin
School district officials have begun interviewing candidates for the superintendent position and hope to make a selection by May.
As of Monday, district officials planned to interview six candidates for the position. The board planned to interview two candidates each night in special meetings set for Monday, Tuesday and tonight. Board officials planned to go into executive session for each meeting. An additional meeting is being planned for next week to help winnow down the candidates and make a final selection.
“If all goes well, we would be able to introduce a new superintendent to the public at the regular board meeting in May (set for May 15),” board President John Lasko said. “We’re planning on having some detailed interviews with candidates during the course of the upcoming week.”
Lasko said interim superintendent Terry Krivak is not a candidate for the permanent position. Board officials initiated the search last year after Cheryl Dubsky retired in August 2012. District officials said they would consider candidates from around the country. They noted the district’s six consecutive years of being ranked “Excellent” or “Excellent With Distinction” in the annual state of Ohio rankings while Dubsky was either superintendent or associate superintendent.
“Maintaining that academic excellence has always been a priority,” Lasko said. “It’s why we wanted to consider a wide range of candidates for the position.”
District officials ended up with 26 formal applications for the position. They had initially planned to interview seven candidates this week, but one of those withdrew after taking another job elsewhere.
Lasko said the district has a wide range of candidates for the job.
“It should be an interesting week in terms of talking to the candidates,” he said.