The New Albany-Plain Local school board approved members of the superintendent search screening committee Sept. 27.

The New Albany-Plain Local school board approved members of the superintendent search screening committee Sept. 27.

The board chose the committee from 83 local "stakeholders" interviewed by SC Search Consultants, the firm hired by the district to facilitate the search for a new superintendent. The committee includes Ted Bernard, Janis Bobb, Shonda Cline, Eloise DiPietra, Tracy Hohman, Jeffery L. Johnson, Erin Karzmer, Shawn McGrath and Craig Mohre.

The screening committee was expected to attend orientations this week so members could learn their duties. After that, members will be required to screen potential candidates according to the board-approved profile and submit confidential summaries on each person. Cindy Hilsheimer, managing principal of Search Consultants, said her firm would prepare a collective summary for the board.

Twelve applicants for superintendent currently are being evaluated by Search Consultants.

"SC believes the narrow pool of applicants is due to potentially interested individuals not willing to jeopardize their position with their community, board, faculty and staff," said Jennifer Sullivan, director of recruitment and training for Search Consultants.

Another 348 "persons of interest" also have been identified as potential candidates for the position, which was left vacant when Steve Castle resigned June 8.

The vacancy was posted on the Ohio School Boards Association website, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators website, the American Association of School Administrators website and the New Albany-Plain Local Schools website. Search Consultants also focused its efforts on seeking out recognized superintendents in the state, region and nation, as well as educational leaders who work in higher education and educational research.

Hilsheimer said her firm will talk to the board in executive session Oct. 9 about potential candidates and the screening committee could begin its work as early as Oct. 15 or 16.

Board vice president Laura Kohler asked when school employees would get involved.

Hilsheimer said they are probably the district's greatest marketing tool. She said the staff and faculty would become involved after the candidates' names become public.