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Kurt is Findlay Schools finalist

Alissa Widman Neese • Dec 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

The second round of interviews began this past weekend and will conclude Saturday, according to a story in the Findlay Courier. All interviews occur behind closed doors.

Board members hope to select their replacement by the end of the month. The current Findlay Schools superintendent retires at the end of the school year.

Their first round of interviews took place in November, involving five of 10 total applicants.

“It’s an opportunity I’m exploring,” Kurt said in November. “I’m very happy where I’m at.    “We’ve accomplished a lot and there’s still a lot to accomplish, but I’m looking into that opportunity”

Kurt currently receives $118,000 a year at Margaretta Schools. His contract ends July 2016. He is requesting $135,000 a year from Findlay Schools, according to his application.

The two other finalists for the Findlay Schools job are Richard Smith, North Union Schools superintendent, and Louis Kramer, Northeastern Schools superintendent.

Shane Pochard, Findlay school board president, said board members have also contacted individuals who did not apply for the job to “explore the position,” too, according to the Courier article. Pochard wouldn’t specify who they were but said the conversations have been informal.

Perkins Schools superintendent Jim Gunner applied for the Findlay Schools job, as well as a vacant superintendent position at Tiffin Schools at about the same time.

It appears he’ll be staying at Perkins Schools for at least a little while longer.

Tiffin Schools recently announced it selected Vicki Wheatley, former assistant superintendent of Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Center, as its new superintendent.

Gunner is not listed as a finalist for Findlay Schools superintendent.

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