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Westerville schools

Board narrows superintendent search to six


Six candidates in the search for Westerville’s next superintendent have been invited back for second interviews by the board of education.

That narrows the field from nine originally interviewed and from 20 original applicants.

School board President Denise Pope announced the remaining candidates at a Jan. 14 board meeting.

The candidates the board is still considering include Hilliard City Schools Executive Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Steven Estepp, Ohio Department of Education Association Superintendent James Herrholtz, South-Western Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum John Kellogg, Xenia Community Schools Superintendent Deborah Piatrowski, Ohio Department of Education Acting Superintendent of Instruction Michael Sawyers and Columbus City Schools Deputy Superintendent John Stanford.

The candidates are being interviewed by the board in executive sessions this week, Pope said.

The board does plan to get the community involved in the selection of the next superintendent, Pope said.

Public interviews of candidates are scheduled for Jan. 31.

The details of those interviewed still are being hashed out, Pope said, but it will be a public forum with an opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the candidates.