Hilliard Northwest News

Hilliard names five finalists for superintendent


Hilliard school board members are expected to conclude interviews with five finalists for superintendent of Hilliard City Schools at a special meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The Feb. 19 meeting follows special meetings scheduled Feb. 13 and 14 for the same purpose. All three were called as closed executive sessions.

The five candidates to be interviewed are:

* Paul Craft, superintendent, Delaware City Schools.

* Steven Estepp, executive director of K-12 curriculum and instruction, Hilliard City Schools.

* John Marschhausen, superintendent of Loveland City Schools.

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

* David Stewart, principal of Hilliard Bradley High School.

Estepp was among three finalists for the Westerville superintendent's job, but the Westerville school board on Feb. 11 chose John Kellogg, assistant superintendent of curriculum for South-Western City Schools, as its new leader. Kellogg also applied for the Hilliard job.

Craft and Marschhausen were not among the 22 candidates who met the initial application deadline, but were recruited by the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, which is assisting Hilliard in the selection process.

School board President Andy Teater said the district received "a strong pool of candidates" and that the district is "pleased with the level of interest in our system."

"The board is seeking someone with great talent and extraordinary vision to help lead our schools through the challenges we are (facing) and will face in the future," Teater said.

Board members are expected to name a superintendent March 11. The new superintendent will replace Dale McVey, who will retire June 30.