The Pickerington Board of Education has identified three finalists in the search to replace retiring Superintendent Valerie Browning-Thompson, and is expected to make a selection Tuesday, May 30.

The finalists are:

* Chris Briggs, superintendent of the Northridge Local School District near Johnstown.

* Scott Nelson, superintendent of the Sylvania City School District in northwest Ohio.

* Isaac Seevers, superintendent of Greeneview Local School District in Jamestown, Ohio.

They were expected to go through a second round of interviews with Pickerington School Board members May 23, after being interviewed from a field of six semifinalists.

If the board can reach a consensus and a contract can be worked out, the district's next superintendent will be announced at the board's next regular meeting slated for 6 p.m. May 30 in the district office, 90 N. East St.

"That's our goal," said board President Vanessa Niekamp. "That meets with our timeline."

District officials said they do not know how many people applied for the position after Browning-Thompson, superintendent since August 2014, announced she would retire at the end of this school year.

David Ball, Pickerington's public-relations director, said K-12 Business Consulting Inc., which was hired at a cost of $12,900 to assist the district with the search, handled the application process and information about the total number of applicants wasn't immediately available.

The deadline for filing for the position was May 10, and the board solicited input from community members about their hopes for the next superintendent during an April 12 public forum and an online form.

According to input summarized by K-12 Business Consulting and provided by the district office, school district residents said they wanted someone "committed to becoming part of the community and providing (the) district with longer years of service," as well as a "demonstrated record of honesty, trustworthiness and excellent communication skills."

Community members also reportedly said they hoped the board would hire someone with "successful experience in a large, diverse district."

District faculty members reportedly asked for a new superintendent that has "demonstrated communications skills," an "ability to provide a vision for maintaining high academic performance and needed curricular adjustments" and someone committed to staying in the district as superintendent for "more than two or three years."

When Browning-Thompson announced her plans to retire April 3, board member Lori Sanders noted the district has had seven superintendents in the past 20 years, but that, in part, was because of a strategy of selecting administrators with substantial experience.

In 2016-17, Browning-Thompson received a base salary of $157,000. With benefits, her total contract is valued at $188,567.19.

"We were very impressed with all six of the candidates we interviewed (May 15 and 16)," Niekamp said.

"We felt these three (Briggs, Nelson and Seevers) best met the criteria that was identified by the community."

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