Nineteen educators, most superintendents from Ohio or surrounding states, have applied to become the next superintendent of Worthington City Schools.

Nineteen educators, most superintendents from Ohio or surrounding states, have applied to become the next superintendent of Worthington City Schools.

As of Friday, April 22, the only internal application came from Trent Bowers, currently an assistant superintendent intern.

Other candidates from central Ohio are Steve Castle, former superintendent of New Albany-Plain Local Schools; Blair (Andy) Riggle, assistant superintendent, Hilliard City Schools; Michael Yonnotti, elementary principal, Hamilton Local Schools; and Joyce Hackett, director of curriculum/intervention programs, Columbus City Schools.

More applications could be received April 25, Worthington Board of Education president Marc Schare said.

The application process is long and many-faceted, and those who started the process online by April 22 will be allowed to finish over the weekend.

Also, the board has requested that its search firm, Educational Services Center (ESC), continue to recruit candidates.

The board hopes to name Melissa Conrath's successor by late May.

Following the regular school board meeting April 25, the board will meet in closed session to narrow the field to six to nine candidates.

After initial interviews, two or three candidates from the original field will move on to the final round.

Schare said he believes another two or three final candidates could join those being listed.

During the week of May 16, the final four or five will meet with the board and with groups of school and community representatives.

The board probably will make its decision after that round.

If the board cannot decide between the two top candidates, a public forum will be scheduled, during which residents will be able to meet the finalists and express their preferences to help the board make the final decision.

Current candidates are as follows:

Walter Calinger, superintendent, Woodland Hills School District, Pittsburgh. Michele Evans, superintendent, Canton City Schools. Craig Fiegel, superintendent, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Plymouth, Mich. I.V. Foster Jr., superintendent, Prairie-Hills School, Markham, Ill. Thomas Gay, president and chief executive officer, The Quality Schools Group, Lapeer, Mich. Scott Hartley, superintendent, North Fork Local Schools, Utica. Tod Hug, superintendent, Ayersville Local Schools, Defiance. Kathleen Jenney, superintendent, Galion City Schools. Paul Long, acting superintendent, chief executive officer, Pennsbury School District, Fallsington, Pa. Blane McCann, superintendent, school district of Shorewood, Wis. Todd Nichols, superintendent, Bucyrus City Schools. Mark Robinson, superintendent, Ashland City Schools. Theresa Rouse, associate superintendent of educational-services division, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz, Calif. Lisa Wendel, superintendent, Mississinawa Valley Local Schools, Union City.