Interviews begin June 27 for the next superintendent of Northridge Local Schools.

Six candidates will meet with the school board June 27 and 28.

The candidates who were selected from 28 applications for the position are:

• Amy Anderson, Northridge High School principal.

• Scott Beery, Licking Valley Middle School principal in the Licking Valley Local Schools.

• Brian Blum, Wright Elementary School principal in the Dublin City Schools.

• Dr. James Miller, Hamilton Township High School principal in the Hamilton Local Schools.

• Garilee Ogden, director of curriculum, instruction and professional development in the Groveport Madison Local Schools.

• Scott Schmidt, assistant superintendent in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.

Doug Hart, Northridge school board president, said the district looks to move quickly to fill the position left vacant by Dr. Chris Briggs, who officially begins his post as superintendent of the Pickerington Local School District on Aug. 1.

Briggs announced May 25 that he had been chosen from a group of six finalists to fill the Pickerington superintendent’s post.

Briggs said he was recruited for the job by K-12 Business Consulting, which was hired by Pickerington at a cost of $12,900 to assist with its superintendent search.

“When I started looking into the position, it just turned out to be a great opportunity,” Briggs said.

Hart said Northridge is looking for a strong leader like Briggs, who’s a good communicator with the board, staff, administration, parents and district residents.

“We’ll look at someone who shows the ability to reach out and go the extra mile to communicate,” Hart said. “We need someone to successfully pass a levy. There’s nothing more critical than solving the building problem.”

He said educating the students is what the district is about, though.

“We need a leader who can oversee the improvement of various areas,” Hart said.

He said a screening committee would help select the new superintendent.

“The committee is broad in terms of interests, and they bring a wide range of skills,” Hart said. “We want input from stakeholders in reaching this decision.”

Hart said Dr. George Tombaugh of the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio is leading the superintendent search.

“We’re thrilled to have him,” Hart said. “He helped us replace (former superintendent) John Shepard.”

Hart said he anticipates the candidates to be narrowed to two or three soon.

The new superintendent is expected to begin Aug. 1.

ThisWeek staff writer Nate Ellis contributed to this story.

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