The Grandview Heights City School District will be hoping the third time's the charm as it tries to fill the director of district facilities and services position.

The Grandview Heights City School District will be hoping the third time's the charm as it tries to fill the director of district facilities and services position.

Paul Matthews, who was offered and accepted the job earlier this week, has withdrawn his name, Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said.

Matthews has been invited to interview for a facilities position at Tulane University, he said.

"He's spent the majority of his career at the college level," O'Reilly said.

Matthews currently serves as vice president for facilities management at Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

Matthews was one of two finalists for the district's facilities and services position, which became vacant after Jeff Lamb resigned Nov. 30 to accept a job in New Hampshire.

The other finalist, Fred Myers, was hired by the district and worked five days before resigning Jan. 11 because he found the position was not a good fit for him.

O'Reilly said a committee will reevaluate the 20 or so other candidates he interviewed last month from among the more than 40 applicants who submitted resumes.

"We had a strong set of candidates," he said.

Four people were interviewed by the committee as semi-finalists before the list was narrowed to the two finalists.

O'Reilly said he and long-time maintenance employee Butch Biagini have been taking care of the day-to-day responsibilities while the facilities and services director position has been vacant.

"It's a challenge," he said. "This is a very demanding position. We'd like to get it filled with the right person as soon as possible."

At Saturday's school board work session, O'Reilly updated the board on the process to fill the position.

Interviews with candidates may be able to be scheduled for the first week of February, he said, and despite the tight time schedule, O'Reilly said he thought it was possible he could present a candidate for the board's approval at its Feb. 9 meeting.

While he would like to get the position filled, "I'm not going to rush" through the process, he said.

It's important to make sure the hire "is the right decision for us," O'Reilly said.

"If there's not a good fit" among the candidates, "we'll start over," he said.

O'Reilly said he has been spending between 20 and 50 percent of his time each week on facility issues since Lamb left the district.

He told the board Biagini and the rest of the maintenance/custodial staff "have done a great job given that we don't have a facilities director."