The Pickerington Board of Education will introduce the district's next superintendent this week.

The Pickerington Board of Education will introduce the district's next superintendent this week.

According to a press release issued March 26, the board will introduce the new superintendent during a special school board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Heritage Elementary School, 100 East St.

Pickerington has been officially searching for a full-time superintendent since last November, when 12 candidates applied for the post.

Former superintendent Karen Mantia left last August to become superintendent for Lakota Local Schools near Cincinnati.

Since then, PLSD Assistant Superintendent Jim Sotlar has served as the district's interim superintendent.

In response to a ThisWeek public records request, the board in January said Sotlar, James Grube, C. Scott Howard and Jeff Patrick were the final candidates still in the running to lead the district.

Grube is superintendent of the Buckeye Valley Local School District in Delaware County. Howard is superintendent of the Chesapeake Exempted Village School System in Lawrence County and Patrick is superintendent of the Bradford Exempted School District in Darke County.

Neither the board nor Al Meloy, a consultant hired by the district to assist in the superintendent search, have provided any updates regarding the search since the final four candidates were identified.

Following a school board meeting held Monday morning, March 26, board officials said they had no information regarding the superintendent search.

The district press release issued Monday afternoon said a reception for the new superintendent will be held immediately following Wednesday's special meeting.