After spending two days this week interviewing eight candidates, the Groveport Madison Board of Education is on track with its timeline for hiring a new superintendent, according Jeff Warner, district communications director.

The interviews were expected to occur May 9 and 10.

"It's expected the board will narrow the eight candidates down to two finalists for the May 23 and 24 final interviews," Warner said.

The board has set May 30 as the tentative date to hire a new superintendent, who is expected to begin the new job on or before Aug. 1.

The eight people chosen for initial interviews were culled from a list of 29 applications sent to K12 Business Consulting, the firm the district hired in March to conduct a search for someone to replace former superintendent Bruce Hoover.

The list includes two internal candidates: interim Superintendent John Hurd and Garilee Speer Ogden, director of curriculum, instruction and professional development for Groveport Madison schools.

The others are:

* Karen Arbogast, director of elementary education for Wooster City Schools.

* Keith M. Bell, former superintendent of Euclid City Schools and former deputy superintendent for Columbus City Schools. Bell also was a recent finalist to be CCS superintendent.

* Todd D. Boggs, superintendent of Osnaburg Local Schools in East Canton, Ohio.

* Dr. Reva C. Cosby, superintendent of Mount Healthy Schools in southwest Ohio.

* Dr. Carl R. Metzger, assistant superintendent of South-Western City Schools in Grove City.

* Dr. Kershini Naidu, director of student services for Orange City Schools in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

Chris Mohr, president of K12 Business Consulting, recommended the eight at the school board's May 2 meeting.

"We have received interest from several very talented administrators from around Ohio as well as from out of state, which speaks well for your district," Mohr said.

"Based on the initial vetting of the candidates' work history, skills and accumulated experience in educational leadership positions, we have identified eight applicants that we believe most closely match the Superintendent Search Profile that was developed through extensive input from the Groveport Madison community," he said.

Hoover resigned as superintendent in February, a post he held since 2012.

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