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Johnstown-Monroe superintendent search

Candidate interviews will begin this week with eight finalists


The Johnstown-Monroe Board of Education this week will begin first-round interviews of eight superintendent candidates.

Board President Ruth Ann Booher said the eight will be interviewed April 1-2.

"It is the goal of this interview process to narrow the field of candidates to the three applicants," she said.

The eight candidates are:

* Stephen Arnold, superintendent of Wayne Trace Local School District in Haviland.

* William Badenhop Jr., Bellefontaine High School principal, Bellefontaine City Schools.

* Dale Dixon, former dual superintendent for the Berne Union Local School District in Sugar Grove and Walnut Township Local Schools in Millersport.

* Jill Grubb, superintendent of Batavia Local Schools.

* Mark Robinson, student growth measures and alignment specialist at Ohio Department of Education Northeast Ohio for the Mahoning County Educational Service Center.

* David Redd, superintendent of Louisville City Schools.

* Jerry Skiver, interim superintendent at St. Marys City Schools.

* Mary Todora, superintendent at Neshannock Township School District in New Castle, Pa.

Booher said a total of 16 applications were received.

Booher said acting superintendent Nelson McCray and former interim superintendent Tom Slater will assist with the interview process.

Dates for second-round interviews haven't yet been scheduled, she said.

Former Johnstown-Monroe superintendent Damien Bawn retired in February 2013.

Slater subsequently was hired as interim superintendent, but he stepped down in mid-November to focus on his recovery following a blood clot on the brain.

The school board hired Victor Cardenzana to be interim superintendent Nov. 18 but fired him Nov. 26. According to the former board president, Amy Ramey, disconcerting information about Cardenzana was uncovered after he was hired, but Ramey said she couldn't reveal details because of laws regarding personnel.

Cardenzana, a retired superintendent with 29 years of experience as an administrator, said it was not his choice to leave the district. He said he thought he was fired because he questioned district decisions made by Ramey.

McCray, superintendent of the Licking County Educational Service Center, became acting superintendent at that time.