The New Albany-Plain Local School District received 81 applications for its middle school principal job.

The New Albany-Plain Local School District received 81 applications for its middle school principal job.

Applicants include Steve Gehlert -- an assistant principal at New Albany Middle School -- and four New Albany residents.

Kip Greenhill, a retired principal, was hired to fill the position on short notice last summer when Andy Culp left New Albany to became Marysville schools' assistant superintendent.

Culp earned $106,110.41 in salary and $41,844 in benefits each year as principal of New Albany Middle School, which has 1,200 students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Greenhill is earning $99,500 in salary and $40,446.25 in benefits in his interim role.

New Albany-Plain Local officials hope to narrow the list of candidates and begin interviews within a week, said district spokesman Patrick Gallaway.

Gallaway said district officials want to make a job offer by the end of the month.

He said salary will be negotiated based on experience and education.

In addition to Gehlert, the New Albany residents who applied for the position are:

* Michelle M. Blackley, principal of Olentangy Liberty Middle School.

* Michael J. Carr, assistant principal of Westerville Central High School.

* Denver J. Fowler, assistant principal and athletics director for River Valley Middle School in Caledonia.

* Robert J. Palmer, principal of the Academy of Columbus, a K-8 community school.

More than 30 other central Ohio residents applied for the job. They include:

* Anthony J. Ashbrook of Johnstown, dean of students at Westerville North High School.

* Edmund G. Baker Jr. of Gahanna, principal of Champion Middle School in Columbus.

* Jason Caudill of Gahanna, assistant principal at Bexley Middle School.

* Rebecca Lynn Chattman of Columbus, assistant principal of Thomas Worthington High School.

* Keith D. Conkling of Powell, a physical education and health teacher at Olentangy Hyatts Middle School.

* Aaron R. Cook of Delaware, assistant principal at Rutherford B. Hayes High School in Delaware.

* Christine Croyle of Columbus, speech language pathologist at the Ohio State School for the Blind.

* Lisa M. Davis of Columbus, director and owner of 4 the Luv of Children Childcare Center of Columbus and former assistant principal of Centennial High School in Columbus.

* Scott Dorne of Gahanna, athletics and activities director for Westerville South High School.

* William B. Dunston of Canal Winchester, Advanced Placement history and government teacher at Gahanna Christian Academy.

* Michael B. Edwards of Westerville, special education coordinator and director of Clear Fork Valley Preschool in Bellville.

* Stephen P. Fujii of Galena, principal at Big Walnut High School.

* D. Edward Hickey of Liberty Township, loan counselor for the General Revenue Corp.

* S. Andrew Jados of Westerville, assistant principal of Westerville South High School.

* Jamie E. Johnson-Greiner of Westerville, a first-grade teacher at Schultz Elementary School in Delaware.

* Valerie Kieffer of Bexley, a high school counselor at Lakewood High School in Hebron.

* Peter C. Krosnosky of Bexley, a social studies teacher at Olentangy Liberty High School.

* Adam Kunkle of Plain City, middle school principal at Graham Middle School and curriculum supervisor of the Graham Local School District in St. Paris.

* Douglas S. Lowery of Hilliard, principal at Brown Elementary School in Hilliard.

* Ryan P. McLane of Pataskala, principal of Utica Junior High School.

* Travis L. Morris of Pataskala, team leader and sixth-grade teacher at Granville Intermediate School.

* Garilee Speer Ogden of Granville, principal at Bailey Elementary School in Dublin.

* Jeni Lynn Reely of Ashley, agriculture education instructor for the Big Walnut/Delaware Area Career Center in Sunbury.

* Justen V. Seay of Columbus, K-8 music teacher for the Columbus Humanities, Arts and Technology Academy.

* Heidi L. Stevenson of Columbus, assistant principal at Pleasant View Middle School in Grove City.

* Stacy L. Tennenbaum of Columbus, lead assistant principal at Pickerington High School Central.

* Lori Thayer of Dublin, a project manager for Scholastic Inc. of Columbus and former principal at Reilly Elementary School in Salem.

* Miguel A. Thompson of Dublin, a math coach at the Columbus Bilingual Academy.

* Ernest D. West III of Columbus, head principal and K-12 leader for Columbus Africentric Early College.

* Ronald A. Widman of Dublin, a retail representative broker for Empire Foods of Dublin and former principal at Sycamore Creek Elementary in Pickerington.

* Bryan J. Wilson of Westerville, CARDS director at Worthingway Middle School in Worthington.

* Melissa A. Woodruff of Blacklick, Gahanna Middle School East intervention specialist for grades 6-8.