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Hopeful throng wants O'Reilly's Grandview job

Thirty-two apply for top district position; O'Reilly throws hat into ring in Pickerington

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Thirty-two candidates have applied to replace Ed O'Reilly as the Grandview Heights City School District's next superintendent.

The deadline for applicants was Monday, April 7.

Board President Grant Douglass said that day he and board member Jesse Truett would conduct an initial paper review of the applications this week. The first and second rounds of interviews with candidates will be held next week.

Following those interviews, finalists will be invited back to visit the community and be interviewed by a select group of community members and district staff members, Douglass said.

The board has moved up its timetable for choosing O'Reilly's successor by about two weeks, he said.

"We would be looking to make a hire by May 1," Douglass said.

"We've got an excellent roster of applicants and with other school districts also looking for a superintendent, we decided to move ahead as quickly as possible," he said.

"We've moved up the timetable for the process, but we're staying true to the process we had originally planned, and that includes involving the community," Douglass said.

While the timetable has been moved up, if the right candidate does not emerge, "we would go back and start all over again," he said.

Bill Reimer and Dale McVey of the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio are assisting the board with the superintendent search, and their expertise and knowledge have been "a big help" in guiding the process, Douglass said, including providing some names of people who would potentially make strong candidates for the district.

The candidates are:

* William Baylis II, high school principal, Oberlin City School District.

* Shawn Blazer, assistant superintendent, Northeastern Local School District.

* Michael Brannon, assistant superintendent, Mason City School District.

* Tonya Cline, director of student services, New Lexington City School District.

* Curtis Clough, superintendent, Strasburg Franklin Local Schools.

* Patrick Colucci, superintendent Ashtabula Area City School District.

* Andrew Culp, assistant superintendent, Marysville Exempted Village School District.

* Elizabeth Dill, administrator of special needs, Teays Valley Local School District.

* Michael Edwards, high school principal, Amanda Clearcreek Local School District.

* Michael Ferguson, high school principal, Rootstown Local School District.

* Dr. Charles Q. Gage, elementary school principal, Bexley City School District.

* Mandy Gardinsky, director of district continuous improvement, Perry Local School District.

* David Harmon, director of PK-12 curriculum & instruction, North Union Local School District.

* Dr. Keith Harris, supervisor/testing and research, Columbus City Schools.

* Donald Houston, superintendent, Conneaut Area City School District.

* Dr. Dorothea Irwin, director of elementary education and special programs, Kokomo (Ind.) School Corp.

* Darren Jackson, consultant, North Central Ohio Educational Service Center.

* George Joseph, executive director of administrative services, Worthington City School District.

* Beth Edwards Justice, assistant superintendent, Washington Court House City School District.

* Andrew Kuthy, high school principal, Pymatuning Local School District.

* Matthew McCorkle, high school principal/federal program coordinator, Wheelersburg Local School District.

* Todd Meyer, high school principal, Olentangy Local School District.

* Tara Meyerink, superintendent/transition consultant, Buckeye Central Local School District.

* Kimberly Pietsch Miller, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, Loveland City School District.

* Tracey Miller, director of secondary education, Dublin City School District.

* Dr. Deborah Piotrowski, superintendent, Xenia Community School District.

* Steven Poe, superintendent/principal, Put-In-Bay Local School District.

* Dr. Brad Ritchey, high school principal, Parma City School District.

* Jerry Skiver, interim superintendent, St. Marys City School District.

* Michael Staggs, superintendent, New Boston Local School District.

* Andrea Townsend, director of middle schools, elementary education, student services, online program and curriculum and instruction, Springfield City School District.

* Dr. Richard Weigel, superintendent, Niles (Mich.) Community Schools.

O'Reilly announced in January he would resign July 31 to pursue other career opportunities.

The Pickerington Local School District announced this week that O'Reilly is among eight candidates interviewing for its superintendent's position. Current Superintendent Rob Walker will step down Aug. 1.

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