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Margaretta school board interviewing 8 finalists for superintendent position

Alissa Widman Neese • Apr 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Margaretta Schools is gradually whittling down its list of superintendent hopefuls.

As of Monday, school board members had narrowed 22 applicants to eight finalists to be interviewed, with several interviews already occurring, board president JoAnn McMahon said.

Click HERE for the resumes and cover letters of the applicants

The process is going “extremely well” she said.

“We’ve had some excellent candidates come forward,” McMahon said after a brief board meeting.

The plan, which is still on schedule: Conduct candidate interviews throughout April and hire a new superintendent by May 19.

The chosen person will then transition into the new job throughout June and July and officially begin on Aug. 1.

Ed Kurt, Margaretta Schools superintendent for the past 12 years, announced his resignation in February after accepting a job as Findlay Schools superintendent. Kurt will help his replacement transition into the new position, he said.

During Monday’s meeting, which lasted about 25 minutes, one woman asked board members if all superintendent applicants have acquired a superintendent’s license.

Two of the eight interviewees have not yet obtained a license, McMahon replied.

Applicants Drew Grahl, Troy Roth, Rodney Smith and Richard Weigel do not have superintendent’s licenses, according to applications the Register received through a public records request. In their applications, all four candidates indicated they are working toward their licensure.

The remaining 18 applicants have already achieved their licensure.

Monday’s meeting concluded with another closed-door session to discuss employing a new superintendent, with no public action following.

Board member Kent Miller did not attend the meeting.

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