Westerville News & Public Opinion

20 apply to be Westerville's next superintendent

The school board hopes to hire a successor to Dan Good by February

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Twenty school administrators from across the country have submitted their resumes for Westerville City Schools' top post.

The Westerville Board of Education received the 20 applications for superintendent Dec. 17 from Ohio School Boards Association consultants who are leading the search on its behalf.

Current Superintendent Dan Good announced in October he will retire from the district effective June 30, 2013. He took up Westerville schools' top post in 2007 and is paid $189,000 annually plus benefits.

The school board plans to narrow down applicants and begin interviews the week of Jan. 7, said board President Kevin Hoffman. Second and third interviews would be conducted in late January, with a decision on a new superintendent to be made soon after.

"By February, my goal is that we'll be able to identify a new superintendent," Hoffman said.

The list of 20 applicants includes administrators from five central Ohio districts, two Ohio Department of Education officials and superintendents and principals from across Ohio and beyond.

The list released to ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion Dec. 17 included all applicants for the post, as the school board asked the Ohio School Boards Association consultants not to screen applicants before submitting them to the district, said district spokesman Greg Viebranz.

Applicants include:

* James Barney, current superintendent of the Marion City School District. Barney, a former salesman, began his career in education as a teacher and assistant principal in Toledo in 1991. Since 1998, he has served as superintendent of three different school districts: Marion, Milton-Union Exempted Village School District and Old Fort Local School District.

* Yvonne Bullock, executive director for curriculum and instruction in the South Bend Community School Corporation in South Bend, Ind. She has been a school administrator since 1981.

* Vincent Colaluca, superintendent of the Austintown Local School District. Colaluca began his career in education as a teacher in 1994. He has worked in administration since 1999 and has served as Austintown superintendent since 2009.

* Steven Estepp, executive director of K-12 curriculum and instruction for the Hilliard City School District. Estepp began his career as a teacher in 1997, and has served as an administrator since 2002 when he became an assistant principal in Hilliard. Since that time, he has held several administrative positions with the district.

* John Grahovac Sr., a former high school principal in the Brookfield Local School District. He has served as a high school principal since 1979, working at several schools throughout Ohio.

* Michael Hanlon Jr., superintendent of the Painesville Local School District. Hanlon began his career in 1984 as a teacher. He became an administrator in 1990, and became assistant Superintendent of the Painesville Local School District in 1995. He has served as superintendent since 1998.

* James Herrholtz, associate superintendent for the Ohio Department of Education. Herrholtz began his career as a teacher in 1991 and became an administrator in 1997. He has served as superintendent of four Ohio school districts since 2001 and has held his post with the Ohio Department of Education since 2011.

* George Joseph, executive director of administration with the Worthington City School District. Joseph began his career as a teacher in 1980 and has been an administrator since 1993. He has held his post with Worthington schools since 2009.

* John Kellogg, assistant superintendent of curriculum for the South-Western Local School District. He began his career as a teacher in 1984 and has served as an administrator since 1994. He has held his post with South-Western Schools since 2011.

* Bruce Kidder, superintendent of the Frontier Local School District. Kidder began his career as a teacher in 1984 and has served as an administrator since 2000. He has held his superintendent's post since 2009.

* Matthew McCorkle, a principal with the Wheelersburg Local School District. McCorkle began his career as a teacher in 1993, and has served as principal of several schools since 1999.

* Deborah Piatrowski, superintendent of Xenia Community Schools. Piatrowski began as a teacher in 1993 and has served as an administrator since 2001. She became the superintendent of the Millcreek West Unity School District in 2005 before assuming her current post in 2010.

* Michael Sawyers, acting superintendent of public instruction for the Ohio Department of Education. He became an administrator in 1996 and has been with the Ohio Department of Education since 2010.

* Richard Smith Jr., superintendent of the North Union Local School District. Smith began his career as a teacher in 1996 and became an administrator in 2000. He has held his current post since 2006.

* John Stanford, deputy superintendent for the Columbus City School District. Since 1996, Stanford has worked in education with Ohio State University, the Ohio School Boards Association, Columbus City Schools and the governor's office. He has held his current post with Columbus City Schools since August.

* John Staten, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Staten worked as a teacher and principal from 1995 to 2006, when he returned to active duty with the Army. He worked as a district administrator with the Clayton County Public Schools in Georgia from 2008 to 2010, when he was called back to active duty with the Army.

* Arthur Stellar, a superintendent of seven school districts in seven states since 1993. Most recently, Stellar served as superintendent of Burke County Public Schools in North Carolina from 2009 to 2011.

* Mary Todora, superintendent of Nashannock Township School District in New Castle, Pa. Todora began as a teacher in 1981 and became an administrator in 1989. She has served as a superintendent or assistant superintendent in four school districts since 1996.

* Philip Wagner, current superintendent of the Licking Heights Local School District. Wagner began his career as a school psychologist in 1991 and became an administrator in 1997. He worked as assistant superintendent of the Beachwood City School District from 2004 to 2011, when he assumed his current post.

* William Welker, superintendent of the Eastwood Local School District. Welker began his career as a teacher in 1991 and became a principal in 2002. He has held his current post since 2005.

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