The Grandview Heights school board has selected Andrew Culp as the district's next superintendent.

The Grandview Heights school board has selected Andrew Culp as the district's next superintendent.

Culp currently serves as the assistant superintendent in the Marysville Exempted Village School District.

Culp and Todd Meyer, principal at Olentangy Orange High School, were the two finalists for the Grandview position, culled from 32 hopefuls.

The board held final interviews with Culp and Meyer on Saturday, April 19, and the pair also met with groups representing district staff and the community.

The board was scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, to formally approve a contract with Culp.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be selected for this position," Culp said in an interview Tuesday morning. "Grandview is an excellent district and a wonderful community.

"The district has an excellent tradition, excellent students, a tremendous staff and a truly supportive community," he said. "I'm looking forward to working collaboratively with the staff and the community to build on that tradition."

Culp's three-year contract, effective Aug. 1, has a starting base salary of $146,000 -- about $12,050 less than O'Reilly's 2013 base salary.

Board President Grant Douglass said the district is "absolutely thrilled" to land Culp as its next leader.

"The board, the community, the staff and the teachers were all united in the leadership and skills we wanted, and Andy was far and away the candidate that emerged as the best fit for us," he said.

Meyer, the runner-up, also was "a very strong candidate," Douglass said, "but Andy was the clear choice."

The amount of interest the position drew as well as the high quality of the candidates was impressive, he said.

"We are one of the premier school districts in Ohio," Douglass said, "so it really shouldn't have been a surprise that so many people were interested in coming here."

Culp has served since August 2012 as Marysville's assistant superintendent.

He previously served 11 years as an administrator in the New Albany-Plain Local School District.

Culp has a bachelor's degree in political science from Miami University, a master's degree in education from Ohio State University and is finalizing his doctoral studies at Ohio University.

He will replace Ed O'Reilly, who announced in January he would resign effective July 31 to pursue other career opportunities.

The board worked with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio on the superintendent search.

Culp will begin his full-time duties July 1, allowing him to work with O'Reilly during a transitional period.

"I called Ed (Monday night, April 21) and I look forward to working with him during the transition," Culp said.

Culp's salary will increase on the first day of each contract year by the inflationary rate as determined from the Consumer Price Index.

The board also will contribute an amount equal to 2.5 percent of Culp's salary to an annuity contract as selected by him.

Culp will receive life insurance, health insurance and other fringe benefits applicable to certificated administrative employees in accordance to board policy. The board will contribute $4,000 to the health savings account of the superintendent every plan year provided that Culp participates in the high deductible/HSA medical insurance option offered to eligible district employees.

Culp also will receive a monthly allowance of $100 to help cover the costs associated with a mobile phone and/or other mobile electronic communication devices.

Although Culp's contract does not begin until Aug. 1, his actual starting date will be July 1. He will work under a supplemental contract still to be finalized for the first month, board member Jesse Truett said.

The district plans to hold an open house reception to welcome Culp in May.

An open house to send off O'Reilly already is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 27 in the commons at Larry Larson Middle School.