Grandview Heights Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said he expects to name an interim principal for the high school within the next few days.

Grandview Heights Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said he expects to name an interim principal for the high school within the next few days.

GHHS principal Jesse Truett resigned his position March 18, citing family and health reasons.

Truett's resignation came just as the district was beginning its spring break.

Director of curriculum Katie Maxfield will step in to fill many of the principal's day-to-day responsibilities while he arranges for an interim principal, O'Reilly said.

On Monday, O'Reilly and Maxfield visited each classroom at the high school to discuss the situation with students.

"I think many of the students were upset that Jesse had resigned," O'Reilly said.

That reaction reflects the importance Truett placed on getting to know and interact with students, and that emphasis will be an important factor in considering candidates to fill the position permanently, he said.

O'Reilly said he has been in contact with representatives of the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio and it is possible the interim principal will be someone from the center.

"They have a lot of people with administrative backgrounds and they can provide one of their people to help out a district on a short-term basis," he said.

The district will be posting the GHHS principal position, O'Reilly said, the process of reviewing applications will likely begin in a couple of weeks.

"We will be following the usual process we use" when hiring a principal, he said.

First, a committee of about 20 people will be conducting a paper review of the resumes the district receives and each person will rank their top five to seven candidates, O'Reilly said.

Based on their rankings, he said, he will conduct one-on-one interviews with the overall top five to seven candidates.

That list will be narrowed down to finalists who will be interviewed by groups that will include parents as well as administrators, teachers and staff members, O'Reilly said.

A recommendation for a permanent high school principal could be presented to the school board within five or six weeks, he said.

Some districts looking for a new principal begin their search process in January or February, while others will wait to as late as May or June, O'Reilly said.

"We're in the middle" in terms of timing, he said.

O'Reilly said he expects the district to receive a good response to the opening.

With the district's success on the state report card and the academic success of its students, "we're a very attractive district" for prospective administrators, he said.

Since his hiring in 2008, Truett has "laid a lot of groundwork in the school to carry forward and build upon the success we've had at the high school," O'Reilly said. "It will be important to continue the initiatives he has begun."