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Superintendent search narrowed to three candidates

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Three candidates for the post of Westerville City Schools superintendent will be vetted by the community next week.

The Westerville Board of Education announced Friday that it had narrowed the search to three candidates: Steve Estepp, executive director of K-12 curriculum and instruction for Hilliard City Schools; John Kellogg, South-Western City Schools assistant superintendent of curriculum; and Columbus City Schools Deputy Superintendent John Stanford.

The candidates will be subject to a daylong interview process Thursday, Jan. 31, meeting during the day with several constituents groups and learning about different aspects of district operations and academics.

There will be a public forum from 6:30 to 9:30 that evening at Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave.

The board is asking district employees and residents to attend the forum, during which they will hear the candidates speak and be invited to provide feedback on the candidates.

The district originally received 20 applicants in December to replace outgoing Superintendent Dan Good, who will retire at the end of June.

That list was quickly narrowed down to nine, who were interviewed by the board. Six candidates were interviewed again last week by the board and members of the district's executive team.

Former board president Kevin Hoffman has said the board plans to name a new superintendent in early February.

Estepp has worked as a teacher in Dublin City Schools, program manager in Newark City Schools, assistant principal of Hilliard Davidson High School, principal of Weaver Middle School and director of secondary education in Hilliard City Schools.

He holds a bachelor's degree in English education from Ohio State and a master's in education administration, and has completed the Superintendent Licensure Program at Ohio State.

Kellogg worked as a classroom teacher at Burton High School in Yorktown, Va.; assistant principal at Alee High School in Hanover, Va.; principal of Grove City High School; principal of Bexley High School; and executive director of secondary schools in the South-Western City School District.

He holds a bachelor's degree in biology and master's degree in secondary science curriculum from the College of William and Mary, an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from George Washington University and a doctor of education degree in educational leadership from Ohio University.

Stanford has worked as an instructor, assistant professor and adjunct assistant professor at the Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs; director of the education information center, deputy director of research services and deputy director of legislative services for the Ohio School Boards Association; executive assistant for education policy for Gov. Ted Strickland; and supervisor of legislative services, special assistant to the superintendent and chief operating officer for Columbus City Schools.

He holds a bachelor's degree in social work, political science and sociology, and a master's degree in public administration from Central Michigan University; a juris doctor degree from Ohio State; and a doctorate in philosophy from Ohio State University.

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