The Pickerington Local Schools Board of Education is expecting to select a candidate to fill a vacancy on the board by the end of the week.

The Pickerington Local Schools Board of Education is expecting to select a candidate to fill a vacancy on the board by the end of the week.

Board President Wes Monhollen said members spent three days, May 26- 28, interviewing the 24 candidates who applied for the spot. A 25th candidate, Afrika Alsup, withdrew her application, he said.

Monhollen said the board will meet again in executive session May 1 to deliberate and select a candidate. He expects the official appointment to be made May 12 at the board's next regularly scheduled meeting.

"It was a tremendous turnout," Monhollen said of the applicant pool. "All were good on paper and were good interviews. It's going to be a tough decision for the board because there we so many good candidates and well-qualified candidates."

The vacancy was created by the resignation of longtime member Gail Oakes, whose term will expire Dec. 31, 2009.

Oakes announced her resignation in March, after about a decade on the board. She and her husband, Dan Oakes, have sold their Jefferson Woods home and are moving to Olive Green, just north of the village of Sunbury.

Monhollen said he did not expect to be flooded with applications the way the district was, especially since so few people have run for board positions in the last few elections.

"I think it speaks volumes about how far the district has come with the public that that many people are willing to be part of the process and part of the board," he said.

The board interviewed each candidate for 10 minutes, for a total of four hours of interviews.

"It was worthwhile," Monhollen said. "When else can you talk to that many members of your community with an interest in the direction of the schools?"

Applicants for the position include:

Debra Bier of Plainfield Drive, a management analyst with the city of Columbus.

James Brink of Brook Forest Circle, a consultant with James Gregory Associates Inc. Brink is a former member of the board who was defeated in the November 2007 election.

Tami Boucher of Woodstream Drive NW, a sales operations manager with Netsmart Technology.

Clark Carter of Lakeland Place, a consultant with Tri-Star Corp.

David Cash of McLeod Parc, president of the consulting firm Charter School Specialists.

Rosemary Crum of Stemen Road NW, a retired pharmacist.

Robert Farmer of Stemen Road, director of emergency medical services for Delaware County EMS.

Scott Glackin of Olde Post Road, safety director for Total Xpress.

David Jaynes of Bluefield Street, a contractor with the Acree Daily Corp.

Katherine Kelly-Long of Silver Spring Street.

Kevin Kenney of Durham Circle, a financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services.

Cathy Kramer of Lynette Drive, an early intervention consultant with the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation Developmental Disabilities.

Sharon Linard of Woodbridge Lane, a supervisor for the Ohio Department of Health.

Robert Lopez of Urich Drive, an attorney.

Jay Meglich of McLeod Parc, a certified public accountant with Schneider Downs & Co. Meglich co-chaired a district facilities review committee in 2005 that recommended construction of two new elementary schools and a middle school. He is the current treasurer of Vote for Pick Kids.

Patrick Meyer of Mottlestone Drive, a psychologist at a veterans administration outpatient clinic.

Catherine Olshefski of Sheldrake Court.

Richard Ricketts of Hill Road North, an attorney, and son of former Pickerington City Council member and mayor Rita Ricketts.

David Rosen of Bennell Drive, an insurance agent with Central Ohio Insurance Services Inc.

Duane Smith of Huntington Way, a safety specialist with Boehringer, Ingelheim Corp.

Larry Sigman of Eastchester Road, a retiree who works part-time at Kohl's.

Lynn Tramontano of Turnberry Drive, a manager with the Fairfield County Board of MRDD.

Bruce Vanderhoff of Bainwick Drive, vice president of medical education, quality and patient safety at Grant Medical Center.

Ayn Williams, an attorney and adjudications coordinator with the Ohio Board of Nursing, who sought election to the board in November 2007.

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