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Worthington's Joseph in running for a few superintendent jobs

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Worthington City Schools administrator George Joseph is a candidate for at least three superintendent positions.

Joseph, the district's director of administrative services, is one of eight finalists for the top job in the Pickerington Local Schools and one of two who will interview for the superintendent position in Kenston, in northeast Ohio.

He's also one of 32 candidates vying for the job at Grandview Heights City Schools.

"I am ready for the next spot, and that next spot would be a superintendent's position," Joseph said.

Joseph, 57, has been with the Worthington district for 11 years. He began as principal at Colonial Hills Elementary School and then became an assistant principal at Thomas Worthington High School. He has been in his current position for five years.

Before that, he was principal at schools in Solon and in Orange Village, both in northeast Ohio.

Kenston is a district of 3,140 students, with three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. It is in Chagrin, which is 30 miles north of Akron.

Pickerington, which is similar in size to Worthington, expects to name a replacement for retiring Rob Walker by the first week in May.

The Pickerington Board of Education, with help from a private consultant, has identified eight candidates to be interviewed initially for the district's superintendent position.

Joseph called Pickerington one of the outstanding districts in central Ohio.

"I am fortunate to have an opportunity to interview there," he said.

Thirty-two candidates have applied to replace Ed O'Reilly as Grandview Heights' next superintendent.

The deadline for applicants was Monday, April 7.

Board president Grant Douglass said that day he and board member Jesse Truett would conduct an initial paper review of the applications this week.

The first and second rounds of interviews with candidates will be held next week.

Following those interviews, finalists will be invited back to visit the community and be interviewed by a select group of community members and district staff members, Douglass said.

The board has moved up its timetable for choosing O'Reilly's successor by about two weeks, he said.

"We would be looking to make a hire by May 1," Douglass said.

ThisWeek staff writers Alan Froman and Nate Ellis contributed to this story.

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