The six candidates who made it to the next round in the search for a new Reynoldsburg schools superintendent are all from Ohio.

School board members met over the weekend to peruse the 23 applications filed for the post and chose the following to be interviewed:

* Todd Boggs, superintendent at Osnaburg Local Schools, East Canton.

* Melvin Brown, district deputy superintendent, Cuyahoga Falls City School District, Cuyahoga Falls.

* Craig Heath, director of secondary education, Dublin City Schools, Dublin.

* Andy Miller, superintendent of Buckeye Valley Local Schools, Delaware.

* Kim Miller, chief academic officer, Dublin City Schools, Dublin.

* David Stewart, deputy superintendent, South-Western City Schools, Grove City.

Board President Joe Begeny said board members met with representatives of Finding Leaders, the search firm hired to find a superintendent, at 8 a.m. on March 11 to look through the applications.

"The meeting on Saturday was everything I could have hoped for," he said. "Finding Leaders took what the community and the board spoke about in the focus-group meetings and brought back a great list of candidates."

He said the community-engagement process aided the search.

"I can only speak for myself, but I left the meeting Saturday energized by the direction we are going," he said. "Engaging the community from the beginning has helped the process grow from the ground level up, where everyone can have a seat at the table."

Interviews for the six candidates are expected to take place March 20 and 21 in executive sessions during special school board meetings.

Begeny said board members will narrow the list of candidates down to two finalists after those interviews.

"We will bring the public focus groups back by the first week of April so that the community and staff members can meet the top two contenders and ask their own questions," he said.

He said the final six have the characteristics he would expect in a successful superintendent.

Ed Vittardi, consultant for Finding Leaders, said he was impressed with the quality of the candidates.

"The semifinalists are representative of the qualities and characteristics exposed by the many focus groups involved in the superintendent search process," he said. "We look forward to the upcoming interviews and the involvement of the community with the finalists in April."

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