Two candidates have been interviewed for the New Albany-Plain Local superintendent position and the school board is on track to make an offer by Nov. 22.

Two candidates have been interviewed for the New Albany-Plain Local superintendent position and the school board is on track to make an offer by Nov. 22.

"On Oct. 21 and 22, the New Albany-Plain Local community screening committee and the board of education met in executive session at SC to interview two candidates," said Meghan Farkasovsky, director of recruitment and engagement planning for SC Search Consultants, the firm hired to facilitate the search. "In addition, there were initial conversations with a few select persons of interest in an attempt to attract their candidacy."

Search Consultants accepted 13 applications for the position. Of those, the two interviewed were Robert W. Hunt, assistant superintendent of Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools and a resident of Burton; and Kathleen S. Jenney, superintendent of Galion City Schools and a resident of Galion.

Hunt has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Kent State University, a master's in administration from Ursuline College and is enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Akron. He has worked as a high school principal in the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools; as a middle school assistant principal, English teacher and middle school athletics director for Kenston Local Schools; and as a fourth-grade teacher at Newbury Local Schools.

Jenney has a bachelor's degree in home economics education from Otterbein College, a master's in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership from Ashland University. She has worked as director of consumer affairs for the Ohio Beef Council and Mideast United Dairy Association, as a home economics teacher for Colonel Crawford Local Schools and an adjunct professor for Bowling Green State University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Ashland University.

Search Consultants identified the "persons of interest" after the firm searched for recognized superintendents in the state, region and nation, and educational leaders who work in higher education and educational research.

Cindy Hilsheimer, managing principal of Search Consultants, said the board is expected to meet again with its screening committee on Nov. 1 to choose the finalists for the position. A community forum to introduce the finalists to the community tentatively has been scheduled for Nov. 8. The board is then expected to offer a job to one of the finalists on Nov. 22.

The board has been working with a screening committee whose members it approved Sept. 27. It includes Ted Bernard, Janis Bobb, Shonda Cline, Eloise DiPietra, Tracy Hohman, Jeffery L. Johnson, Erin Karzmer, Shawn McGrath and Craig Mohre. A staff committee, which will help interview finalists, has yet to be chosen, Hilsheimer said.

Interim superintendent Bill Reimer is expected to work with the district until a new superintendent is hired. Reimer's contract, which expires Dec. 31, 2010, pays him $705 a day.

Search Consultants is earning $37,500 for its work, according to the minutes from the Aug. 23 school board meeting, when the board approved the search firm's contract.

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