Superintendent Candidates Screened

27 applicants narrowed to six

By Cristy Seely

Friday, July 20 marked the deadline for applications for the vacated superintendent position at Rossford schools.

The Lucas County Educational Service Center (LCESC) scouted and collected 27 applications of those interested, and presented their selections to the Rossford Board of Education last week.

No internal candidates applied for the position.

School Board Vice President Brian Hughes said LCESC officials did an excellent job of scouting out the applicants, adding that because LCESC did most of the legwork, the board's job is easier.

The board has narrowed the number of interviewees to the six best qualified candidates, Mr. Hughes explained.

He is pleased with the number of candidates, adding that Rossford received more applicants than the recent superintendent search in the  Perrysburg school district.

"They are really good candidates," he said. "They have very impressive records."

The board began the interview process yesterday.  Among those selected to be interviewed were:

  • Interim Rossford Superintendent John Fernbaugh;
  • Rossford resident Anthony Anastasio, principal of Woodmore High School;
  • Walter Calinger, superintendent of Richmond Heights Local Schools;
  • Susan Lang, executive director for the Ohio Center for Essential Reform in Pickerington, Ohio;
  • Tom Maher, project director for the Florida Department of Education;
  • Debra Piotrowski, superintendent of Millcreek West Unity Schools.

Over the next few days, the board hopes to narrow the list to two to four finalists. Each will give a 15-minute presentation to the public on their visions for the district.

Depending on the length of the interview process,  the open forums with the public could be as soon as August 14, Mr. Hughes said, and if interviews go longer, the open forums will be held during the first week of school.

The public forums will allow for an informal question and answer session among the prospective superintendents and district residents.

This process will give the board a chance to see how well the candidates "fit" into the district, Mr. Hughes said.

The board would like to have the new superintendent in place during the first few weeks of the school year, which begins August 22.

The other candidates on the list of 27 applicants are:

  • Don Barnes, Western Reserve Local High School, principal;
  • Jose Boza, Clarke County, Georgia, executive director of instructional services;
  • Kathleen Cintavey, New Philadelphia City Schools, assistant superintendent;
  • Ryan Delaney, Newark City Schools, superintendent;
  • Tom Dimit, attorney/ consultant;
  • Daniel Dodds, Mad River Local Schools, curriculum director;
  • Thomas Gay, Mosaica Education Inc., vice president curriculum;
  • Jeannette Gillaland, Phillipsburg Schools, New Jersey, principal;
  • Wendy Halar, Piqua City Schools, assistant superintendent;
  • Ken Hawley, Napoleon City Schools, former superintendent;
  • Darren Jenkins, South Central Ohio Educational Service Center, superintendent;
  • Stephen Lewis, Spring Arbor University and Jackson Community College, adjunct professor;
  • David Macali, Green Local Schools, superintendent;
  • Todd Nichols, Mad River Local Schools, high school principal;
  • Sam Preston, Wynford Local Schools, former superintendent;
  • Mark Robinson, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, assistant superintendent;
  • Doug Riley, Luther E. Ball High School, assistant principal;
  • Ken Schmiesing, Ashtabula County Board of MRDD, director of education services;
  • Vaughn Thacker, Washington Local Schools, elementary principal;
  • Henry Walding, Pike County Schools, assistant superintendent;
  • Jerri Williams, Beecher Community Schools, principal.