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22 eye school super job

Alissa Widman Neese • Apr 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Twenty-two people are vying to replace departing Margaretta Schools superintendent Ed Kurt.

Troy Roth, the district’s high school principal, is seeking the job, as are six other area educators, according to applications the Register obtained through a public records request.

The deadline to submit an application was Friday.

Local educators who applied include William Butler IV, Monroeville Elementary School principal; Drew Grahl, Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools athletic and maintenance director; Catherine Puster, Edison Schools curriculum director; Rodney Smith, EHOVE Career Center assistant principal; and Christine Standring, Huron Schools director of curriculum, testing and gifted education.   

Fred Fox, who officially lost his position as Huron Schools superintendent in April 2013 through a controversial firing, also is a candidate. He contends he was wrongfully terminated and has a pending lawsuit against the district and the three board members who voted to end his employment. He referred to himself as the current Huron Schools superintendent in his application.

Other applicants include former Sandusky Central Catholic Schools principal Kenneth Schmiesing, who works at Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, near Toledo, but still lives in Sandusky.

The school board plans to conduct candidate interviews throughout April and hire a replacement by May 19, according to a tentative schedule posted at the district’s website.

The chosen person will then transition into the new job throughout June and July, with some assistance from Kurt, and officially begin on Aug. 1.

Kurt announced his resignation in mid-February after accepting a job as Findlay Schools superintendent for the next three years.

A copy of each Margaretta superintendent candidate’s résumé and application is posted below.

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