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Superintendent search

Craft withdraws candidacy


Paul Craft, superintendent of Delaware City Schools, last week withdrew from consideration as a candidate for Hilliard superintendent.

Four finalists, including two Hilliard administrators, remain in the running. They are:

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

* John Marschhausen, superintendent, Loveland City Schools.

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

* David Stewart, principal, Hilliard Bradley High School.

Hilliard school board members interviewed finalists Feb. 13 and 14. Another closed executive session for the purpose of interviewing finalists was scheduled Feb. 19.

Board members are expected to announce the new superintendent March 11.

Craft said he simply wanted to help Delaware schools, where he has been superintendent for three years, to achieve more goals.

"After going through the process (of interviewing in Hilliard), it made me realize I had more to do (and) that my heart is still with Delaware," Craft said.

Craft lauded Hilliard schools, citing the desire to mold Delaware in the same fashion.

Craft also was a finalist for Upper Arlington superintendent, a position to which Paul Imhoff was named this week. Craft had worked in Upper Arlington schools for 17 years before Delaware hired him in 2010.

Craft, 48, was not among the field of 22 applicants, but rather had been one of two additional candidates recruited by the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio. He interviewed with Hilliard before withdrawing Feb. 16.