Westerville News & Public Opinion

Westerville superintendent search down to 6 finalists

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 the board's meeting Monday, Jan. 14.

The candidates the board is still considering are:

* 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 plans to get the community involved in the final steps of selecting 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.

Current Westerville Superintendent Dan Good announced his retirement in October. His final day with the district will be June 30.