Twenty-three educators applied for the top spot at Upper Arlington City Schools, but only four will be interviewed as superintendent semifinalists.
Only one of the semifinalist candidates is from central Ohio — Paul Craft, superintendent of Delaware City Schools.
The other candidates being interviewed are Paul Imhoff, superintendent at Mariemont City Schools; Kyle Ramey, director of instructional services at Kettering City Schools; and Mark Tompkins, superintendent at Harbor Springs Public Schools in Michigan.
Among the other applicants were George Joseph, executive director of administrative services for Worthington City Schools, and John Stanford, deputy superintendent of Columbus City Schools.
Two of the 23 applicants work at the Ohio Department of Education — Associate Superintendent James Herrholtz and Michael Sawyers, acting superintendent/deputy superintendent of public instruction.
Upper Arlington treasurer Andy Geistfeld said the Upper Arlington Board of Education would conduct the first interviews in executive sessions at special meetings Feb. 1 and 2.
Geistfeld said school board members plan to introduce at least two finalists to various school groups and likely as part of a public forum in mid-February.
Jeff Weaver, the district's current superintendent, will retire July 31.