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7 semifinalists chosen in superintendent search

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Canal Winchester Board of Education will interview seven semifinalists who applied to succeed departing Superintendent Kimberley Miller-Smith.

The seven, all of whom are from central Ohio or elsewhere in the state, were culled from a list of 30 applicants by consultant Richard Caster of the Ohio School Boards Association. He gave the short list to the board on Oct. 11. The application deadline was Oct. 4.

The semifinalists are:

* Mark Hartman, superintendent of Antwerp Local Schools in Antwerp, Ohio.

* Edward Kurt, superintendent of Margaretta Local Schools in Castalia, Ohio.

* Cynthia Lemmerman, director of the Federal Programs Center for Accountability and Continuous Improvement with the Ohio Department of Education.

* M. Scott Reeves, executive director of Secondary Academic Affairs and Extracurricular Programs with Westerville City Schools.

* Kevin Scott, principal of Franklin Wood Intermediate School in the South-Western City School district in Grove City.

* James Sotlar, assistant superintendent in the Pickerington Local School District.

* Mark Wilcheck, superintendent of the Minford Local School District in Minford, Ohio.

Hartman, who holds a master's degree in educational administration from Indiana University and a bachelor's of art degree from Bluffton College, has been superintendent of Antwerp Local Schools since 2005. Prior to that, he served as high school and junior high school principal in that district for two years.

Hartman has also been an assistant principal and athletics director with Mount Vernon High School. He has been in the field of education for 33 years and has been an administrator for 24 years.

Kurt, who holds a master's degree in educational administration from Ashland University and a bachelor of science degree from Ohio State University, has been superintendent of Margaretta Local Schools since 2002. He also was a high school assistant principal with Perkin Local Schools for one year; dean of students at Worthington Kilbourne High School and dean of students and athletics director at Madison Plains High School.

Kurt has 23 years in education and has been an administrator for 12 years.

Lemmerman earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Ashland University, a master's degree in educational administration from Baldwin Wallace College and a bachelor's degree from Otterbein University. She has been in her present position as the director of Federal Programs Center for Accountability and Continuous Improvement with ODE for one year.

She was associate superintendent for the ODE Center for School Improvement for two years. Prior to working with the Ohio Department of Education, she was superintendent of Fostoria City Schools for seven years and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Lakewood City Schools for six years.

Lemmerman also worked for Lakewood City Schools as a director of elementary education, state and federal programs; an elementary principal; and middle school assistant principal. Lemmerman has 34 years in education and has been an administrator the entire time.

Reeves earned a master's degree in educational administration from Ashland University and a bachelor of science degree from Ohio State University. He has been executive director of secondary academic affairs and extracurricular programs for Westerville City Schools since 2010.

Before that, Reeves was principal of Pickerington High School Central for three years and assistant principal of Reynoldsburg High School for five years. He has 19 years of experience in education and 10 years in administration.

Scott, who holds a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Dayton and a bachelor of art degree from Muskingum College, has been principal of Franklin Woods Intermediate School since 2010. Before that, he held posts as assistant superintendent and director of personnel and special education for Groveport Madison schools; principal of Groveport Elementary and principal of Stiles Elementary in the South-Western City School district.

Scott has 25 years in education and 14 years in administration.

Sotlar earned a master's degree in educational administration from Ashland University and a bachelor's degree from Youngstown State University. He has been assistant superintendent in the Pickerington district since 2008 and served as the interim superintendent for one year. He also worked as the district's interim director for curriculum and instruction for one year and principal of Lakeview Junior High School for six years.

Prior to coming to PLSD, Sotlar was assistant principal at Olentangy Shanahan Middle School for two years. He has 20 years of experience in education and 14 years in administration.

Wilcheck holds masters' degrees in educational administration and physical education/athletic administration from Ohio University and a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University. He has been superintendent of the Minford Local School District since 2009.

Before that, he was superintendent of Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools for five years, an assistant high school principal in Canal Winchester for one year, high school principals at Mapleton Local Schools for four years, and associate athletic director for Lake Ridge Academy. He has 24 years of experience in education and 15 years in administration.

Other applicants were:

* Romy Adams, a former administrator with Lorain City Schools.

* Jana Alig, an administrator with Reynoldsburg City Schools.

* Donna Armstrong, a former administrator with Portsmouth City Schools.

* James Barney, superintendent of Marion City Schools.

* Michael Bruning, principal at Winchester Trail Elementary in Canal Winchester.

* Yvonne Bullock, an administrator with Sound Bend Community School in Indiana.

* Curtis Clough, superintendent of Strasburg-Franklin Local Schools.

* Patrick Colucci, assistant superintendent of Ashtabula Area City Schools

* Randall Cotner, assistant principal of Walnut Township Local Schools.

* Michael Edwards, an administrator with Clear Fork Valley Local Schools.

* Thomas Gay, president and CEO of Quality Schools Group in Michigan.

* John Grahovac, a former administrator with Brookfield Local Schools.

* Michael Hanlon, superintendent of Painesville City Local Schools.

* James Jones, a former administrator with Ashland City Schools.

* Dustin Knight, an elementary principal with Lancaster City Schools.

* Thomas Lammers, a former administrator with Edon Northwest Local Schools.

* Matthew McCorkle, a high school principal with Wheelersburg Local Schools.

* Tara Meyerink, superintendent of Buckeye Central Local Schools.

* Sherry Parr, retired superintendent of Valley View Local Schools.

* Arthur Stellar, superintendent of Burke County Public Schools in North Carolina.

* Douglas Thoburn, principal/ superintendent of Harvest Preparatory Schools.

* David White, a high school principal of Ponitz Career Technical Center with Dayton City Schools.

* Loyal Wilson, an administrator with Zanesville City Schools.

The Canal Winchester Board of Education will interview the semifinalists on Oct. 17, 18, 22, and 23. A second round of interviews, according to the OSBA timeline, is expected to be held Oct. 29-30.

Board President Debra Waites has said the board hopes to have a new superintendent in place before Miller-Smith steps down in December.

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