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11 vie for Norwalk Schools superintendent

Alissa Widman Neese • Jul 18, 2014 at 2:28 PM


A total of 11 individuals are vying to become the next Norwalk Schools superintendent.

Sue Goodsite, the district's assistant superintendent, is seeking the job, as are two other local educators, according to applications the Register obtained through a public records request.

The deadline to submit an application was June 27.

The other local applicants are both from Huron Schools: curriculum director Chris Standring and former superintendent Fred Fox.

Fox officially lost his position as the district's superintendent in April 2013 through a controversial firing.

He contends he was wrongfully terminated and has a pending lawsuit against the district, as well as the three board members who voted to end his employment.

Fox referred to himself as the current Huron Schools superintendent in his application.

He and Standring also applied for a vacant Margaretta Schools superintendent position earlier this year, which ultimately went to Dan Schroer, superintendent of Green County Career Center, near Dayton.

Norwalk school board members will likely select their replacement before the upcoming school year.

The selected individual will replace outgoing superintendent Dennis Doughty, who will retire from the district July 31 after 38 years in education.

Shortly after announcing his retirement, Doughty accepted a job as president of Norwalk Catholic School, which he begins Aug. 1.

A list of each Norwalk Schools superintendent candidate, as well as a copy of their résumé and application, is available below.

New treasurer for Norwalk Schools

In the midst of their superintendent search, Norwalk school board members also recently hired a new treasurer for the district.

Sue Lehmann, former assistant treasurer for Upper Sandusky Schools, secured the job June 3.

She officially began with Norwalk Schools July 1 and will receive $85,000 a year in her first year, according to her two-year contract with the district.

Lehmann replaced Betty Schwiefert, who served as interim treasurer after longtime district treasurer Kenneth France retired in December.

Norwalk Schools superintendent applicants

•Curtis Clough, former Strasburg-Franklin Schools superintendent

•Patrick Colucci, Ashtabula Schools superintendent

•Milton Folson, Northridge Middle School principal

•Frederick Fox, former Huron Schools superintendent

•Sue Goodsite, Norwalk Schools assistant superintendent

•James Millet, Melridge Elementary School principal

•Geoffrey Palmer, West Geauga Schools special assistant for transition

•Jerry Skiver, former St. Marys Schools interim superintendent

•Chris Standring, Huron Schools curriculum director

•Scott Will, Crestview Schools superintendent

•Timothy Winland, Paint Valley Schools superintendent

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