Twenty-two people have applied to become the next superintendent of Hilliard City Schools. The application deadline was Jan. 29.

Twenty-two people have applied to become the next superintendent of Hilliard City Schools.

The application deadline was Jan. 29.

The Educational Service Center of Central Ohio has assisted Hilliard City Schools with identifying and screening candidates to succeed Dale McVey, who will retire June 30.

Hilliard school board Pesident Andy Teater said he and board Vice President Lisa Whiting, together with Bill Reimer, the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio representative to Hilliard, planned to meet Feb. 1 to identify which of the 22 candidates would be interviewed.

Teater said it is more efficient for he and Whiting to review all the applicants rather than convening an executive session, or closed meeting, for all board members.

The number to be interviewed will be "more than three but less than eight," Teater said.

Interviews are scheduled for Feb. 13, 14, and 19. All five board members and Reimer are expected to participate.

The interviews will be called as a public meeting of the board, but members will move into an executive session to conduct the interviews, Teater said.

Those interviewed could include candidates not among the 22 who applied.

Teater said there are "targeted candidates" the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio is recruiting on behalf of the district. He said the district is "pleased with the quality" of targeted candidates.

Board members plan to announce the new superintendent at their March 11 board meeting.

Two of the 22 applicants are current Hilliard City Schools officials: Steve Estepp, executive director of K-12 curriculum and instruction, and David Stewart, principal of Hilliard Bradley High School.

Estepp also is among the three finalists under consideration for the open Westerville City Schools superintendent post, which initially drew 20 applicants.

In addition to Estepp and Stewart, the other applicants for Hilliard superintendent are:

* Kenyetta Bagby, a senior trainer in the human resources division at Citigroup.

* James S. Barney, superintendent, Marion City Schools.

* Vincent S. Colaluca, superintendent, Austintown Local Schools.

* I.V. Foster Jr., most recently superintendent of Duluth Public Schools in Minnesota.

* Thomas Dean Gay, CEO and principal administrator of the Quality Schools Group, a consulting firm.

* John J. Grahovac, most recently superintendent of Mosaica Educational Systems.

* Michael P. Hanlon Jr., superintendent, Painesville City Local Schools.

* Mark W. Hartman, most recently superintendent of Antwerp Local Schools.

* James J. Herrholtz, associate superintendent, the Ohio Department of Education, Division of Learning.

* Robert J. Humble, superintendent, Fairbanks Local Schools.

* John R. Kellogg, assistant superintendent of curriculum, South-Western City Schools.

* Louis Kramer, superintendent, Northeastern Local Schools.

* Carl R. Metzger, assistant superintendent, South-Western City Schools.

* Deborah A. Piotrowski, superintendent, Xenia Community Schools.

* Steve Price, most recently superintendent of Hazelwood School District in Missouri.

* Michael L. Sawyers, acting superintendent of public instruction, the Ohio Department of Education.

* Richard D. Smith Jr., superintendent, North Union Local Schools.

* John D. Stanford, deputy superintendent, Columbus City Schools.

* Arthur W. Stellar, most recently superintendent of Burke County Public Schools in North Carolina.

* John Blaine Stoner, career technical education director and assistant principal, Mad River Local Schools.

Kellogg and Stanford are the Westerville school board's other two finalists for superintendent.

Barney, Colaluca, Grahovac, Hanlon, Herrholtz, Kellogg, Piotrowski, Sawyers and Stellar also applied for the Westerville superintendent job, which drew 20 applicants.

Report on survey results

Reimer on Jan. 28 reported the results of the district's community survey about the desired qualities for the next superintendent.

He said the results showed "amazing consistency" and high rate of participation.

He said 894 people responded, the largest number he had known for a survey of its kind.

"All the groups had the same set of priorities," Reimer said, and included the following as top priorities:

* "Keep the public and staff informed about current educational practices, educational trends, policies, progress and challenges in the district's schools."

* "Create and execute a coherent plan with a limited, achievable number of goals and objectives."

* "Identify and respond to societal and educational trends that affect the district and community."

In other action at the Jan. 28 board meeting, board members passed a consent agenda and resolutions approving a tax budget based on the county auditor's tax rates and issued diplomas to students who completed requirements.

At the conclusion of the agenda, board members held a closed executive session to discuss "the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of an employee and the purchase of property for public purposes or the sale of property at competitive bidding."