The New Albany-Plain Local School District could have two new elementary principals by the end of February.

The New Albany-Plain Local School District could have two new elementary principals by the end of February.

Interviews for the K-1 elementary principal and the 2-5 elementary "head" principal could begin this week, Superintendent April Domine told the school board Jan. 23.

Domine had suggested last July that a head principal and two "support" principals would be the best administrative structure for the 2-5 building. Domine said the district plans to have two support principals in the building because of its large number of students.

A total of 61 individuals applied for the positions, according to information from the district. Forty-seven applications were received for the 2-5 principal position. Fifty-seven were received for the K-1 job. Many applied to both positions.

Marilyn Troyer, the district's chief of chief of innovation, improvement and human capital, reviewed the applications and completed phone interviews last week.

Domine said the district has a list of seven candidates, all of whom are certified to teach elementary and are interested in both positions. She said the district should be able to choose principals for both buildings from the final seven candidates.

"There are some really strong applicants," she said.

According to Domine, the seven candidates are:

• Jennifer Denny, principal of Olentangy Meadows Elementary School in the Olentangy Local School District.

• William Doermann, principal of Westmoor Middle School in Columbus City Schools.

• Janet Fedorenko, principal of Hanby Arts Magnet School and district art curriculum director for Westerville City Schools.

• Sharon Green, principal of Utica Elementary School in the North Fork Local School District.

• Vicki Jarrell, principal of the Emerson World Language and Cultures Magnet School in the Westerville City Schools.

• Peggy McMurry, principal of Rosecrans Elementary School in the Big Walnut Local School District.

• Darrell Propst, principal of Taylor Road Elementary School in the Reynoldsburg City Schools.

The salary range for each position is $90,000 to $105,000. But, Domine said, the district will have to negotiate a salary with the candidates chosen, based on each person's experience. She said she sought people with research-based backgrounds or experience in international schools or arts education.

First interviews could take place this week. Second interviews could take place in February, with final interviews by administrators on Feb. 21. Domine said she hopes to bring a decision on whom to hire to the Feb. 27 board meeting.

The positions opened when Deloris Croxall-McCafferty retired from the K-1 building in December and Chris Briggs, principal of grades four and five, left the district for another position in July. At the time of her departure, McCafferty's salary was $110,257.92. Briggs' was $109,322.00.

Peg Snow, a consultant from the Ohio Department of Education, is the interim principal at the K-1 building. Madeline Partlow, the district's director of teaching and learning, is filling in for Briggs at the 2-5 building.

Robin Ryan currently is the 2-3 principal.