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CWSD superintendent

Board slates interviews with three finalists

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Canal Winchester Board of Education scheduled interviews earlier this week, prior to ThisWeek's press deadline, with three finalists seeking to become the district's next superintendent.

Board President Debra Waites said Friday, Oct. 26, the board hoped to choose someone this week to succeed Superintendent Kimberley Miller-Smith, who will retire at the end of the year. Before that can happen, she said, the finalists must be interviewed and board members must discuss and decide on what salary and benefits package to offer.

The finalists,according to district Treasurer Joyce Boyer, are:

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

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

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

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 the superintendent of Margaretta Local Schools since 2002.

He also was a high school assistant principal with Perkin Local Schools for a 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 in administration for 12 years.

Scott, who earned 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 was 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 Schools 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 school district since 2008 and served as 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.

Before working for PLSD, Sotlar was assistant superintendent at Olentangy Shanahan Middle School for two years.

He has 20 years of experience in education and 14 years in administration.

A total of 30 applicants applied for the job, and the school board interviewed seven semifinalists.

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