Columbus Board of Education members say they will take at least the month of January to select a new superintendent.

On Dec. 3, the district and Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, the firm contracted to lead the national search, announced the names of 19 candidates, three of whom currently work for the district.

"What we've said from the beginning is we will be flexible and nimble in the process, so if we don't identify the ideal candidate in January, we will keep working to identify the perfect individual for the position," said Gary Baker II, board president.

The deadline to submit applications was Dec. 8, said Scott Varner, a spokesman for the district.

Baker said the board would work with the search firm, which was paid $50,000, to begin narrowing the list to eight or nine semifinalists and then three or four finalists.

It is unclear when a new superintendent would start, based on contract negotiations and professional and personal obligations, he said.

Each candidate is seeking to replace retiring Superintendent Dan Good, who spent 4 1/2 years with the district. Good's total compensation, which includes his base salary of $195,000, is $287,750, Varner said.

Good's last official day is Dec. 31.

The internal candidates are John Stanford, a deputy superintendent who will become interim superintendent Jan. 1; Olympia Della Flora, a principal at Ohio Avenue Elementary School; and Leon Leavell, principal of Arts Impact Middle School.

Applicant Keith Bell, a graduate administrative associate at Ohio State University who most recently served as superintendent for Euclid schools in northeastern Ohio, also has district ties.

Bell served as chief academic officer for Columbus City Schools until 2012. He was one of the administrators in Columbus schools who alerted then-Superintendent Gene Harris in 2011 to the district's attendance-data problems. A state audit later found that Bell had been stripped of his job responsibilities and urged to resign after taking evidence of data tampering to Harris.

Others who applied, listed in alphabetical order with their most recent positions held, are:

* Rodney Berry, superintendent of Nottoway Public Schools in Virginia

* Portia Bonner, superintendent of East Haven Public Schools in Connecticut

* James Brady, superintendent of Fayetteville-Perry Local Schools in southwestern Ohio

* John Ewald, superintendent of Caroline County Schools in Maryland

* Jerry Gibson, superintendent of the Marshall Independent School District in Texas

* Errick Greene, chief of schools for Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma

* Christopher Hammill, chief school operations officer for Athlos Academies, a charter-school system based in Idaho

* David James, superintendent of Akron Public Schools

* Stephanie Jones, director of special education for South Holland School District 151 in Michigan

* Colon Lewis, data strategist for FutureReady Columbus

* Ty Olverson, chief academic and operations officer for Youngstown City Schools

* Ellen Solek, superintendent of Bristol Public Schools in Connecticut

* Arthur Stellar, vice president of the National Education Foundation and CyberLearning

* Sandra Thomas, superintendent of Country Club Hills School District 160 in Illinois

* Carrmilla Young, superintendent of Agape Schools Inc., a nonprofit based in California

The Columbus Dispatch reporter Jennifer Smola contributed to this story.

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