Fourteen candidates had applied as of Friday, March 28 to replace Rob Walker as the Pickerington Local School District's next superintendent.

Fourteen candidates had applied as of Friday, March 28 to replace Rob Walker as the Pickerington Local School District's next superintendent.

According to information provided by the district and K-12 Business Consulting Inc., 14 people had formally applied for the superintendent's position that will be vacated Aug. 1.

A letter sent March 27 to the Pickerington Board of Education by K-12, a firm hired by the board to assist with the superintendent selection, also indicated the list of hopefuls likely will grow before a new hire is selected.

"K-12 Business Consulting also has engaged in direct recruiting outreach efforts with a number of current superintendents and central office administrators from around the state," the letter stated.

"This means simply that by the end of next week, the number of official candidates will grow.

"We anticipate being able to provide the board with a final, complete listing of candidates (and their credentials) not later than Friday, April 4."

As of March 27, the candidates were:

•Jana M. Alig, executive director of school improvement and accountability, Reynoldsburg City Schools.

•Monte D. Bainter II, Maysville City Schools superintendent.

•Valerie M. Browning, Kings Local School District superintendent.

•Ryan G. Delaney, Claymont City School District superintendent.

•David Deskins, Penta Career Center director of human resources.

•Dale L. Dickson, former superintendent of Berne Union and Walnut Township local schools.

•Keith M. Harris, supervisor of testing and research, Columbus City School District.

•Donald Kent Houston, Conneaut Area City School District superintendent.

•George J. Joseph, executive director of administrative services, Worthington City Schools.

•Jennifer Penczarski, Kenton City School District superintendent.

•Deborah A. Piotrowski, Xenia Community City School District superintendent.

•M. Scott Reeves, executive director of secondary academic affairs, Westerville City Schools.

•Jerry P. Skiver, former interim superintendent of St. Mary's City Schools.

•Timothy J. Winland, Paint Valley Local School District superintendent.

The PLSD is seeking a new superintendent because Walker announced in February he will retire, effective Aug. 1. At the time, he said he needed to focus on his family and health.

Walker currently receives an annual salary of $135,000 and an additional $75,498 in benefits compensation for things such as health insurance and vehicle allowances.

According to information on the Pickerington website, the board anticipates paying the new superintendent a base salary of $125,000 to $150,000, along with a "competitive benefits package."

Pickerington School Board President Jim Brink said Friday, March 28, he expected the board would begin interviewing candidates in April before identifying finalists for the position.

"Then we'll see where we are," Brink said.

"We could finish the selection by May."

K-12, which was hired by the board for a contract not to exceed $11,500, recently coordinated two community forums to gather information from the public about desirable superintendent qualifications.

The firm also has helped the board advertise the position, and will be involved in screening initial applicants, conducting background checks and negotiating a contract for the new superintendent.