Interviews with two finalists for the position of Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School principal will be held today, March 26.

Interviews with two finalists for the position of Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School principal will be held today, March 26.

The finalists are Tracie Lees, principal at Canal Winchester Middle School, and Kristine Michael, director of curriculum and student services for Mount Gilead Exempted Village Schools. The finalists will be interviewed by two groups, Superintendent Andy Culp said.

The first group will be composed of school staff members, he said. The second group will include parents, school board members and district administrators.

Lees and Michael will meet with each group for one hour.

Culp said he expects the school board to vote on hiring a new principal at its April 21 meeting.

"We've had a very strong candidate pool," Culp said. "Our two finalists are both extraordinary."

Several candidates who were not selected as finalists were well-qualified for the position, he said.

The district received more than 90 applications and held interviews with 15 candidates March 19, 20 and 23, Culp said.

Those interviews were conducted by a team that included Culp; Chief Academic Officer Jamie Lusher; Director of Pupil Services Jennifer Haddow; Cherie Brown, director of student services at Edison; Larson sixth-grade science teacher Vicki Dunlevy; Edison fourth-grade teacher Sarah Hoepf; Technology Integration Specialist Marc Alter; Stevenson Elementary School Principal Angie Ullum; and high school Principal Ken Chaffin.

Culp said the new principal will be a student advocate, an instructional leader and a collaborative leader.

Those qualities were identified in the input received from school staff, he said.

Current Principal Bob Baeslack will retire July 31.