As of this week, Norwalk Schools officials have cut a list of superintendent hopefuls in half.
In a series of closed-door meetings, Norwalk school board members will interview the following five finalists this month:
•Patrick Colucci, Ashtabula Schools superintendent.
•Sue Goodsite, Norwalk Schools assistant superintendent.
•James Millet, Melridge Elementary School principal.
•Scott Will, Crestview Schools superintendent.
•Timothy Winland, Paint Valley Schools superintendent.
A total of 11 individuals applied for the position.
The next session of interviews will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district's board of education office, 134 Benedict Ave., Norwalk, according to a Friday news release.
Board members hope to hire the a new superintendent "as soon as possible," board president John Lendrum said Friday.
"We want to do our due diligence, and that takes time," Lendrum said.
The district's new hire 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, beginning Aug. 1.
Lendrum didn't elaborate further on a hiring timeline, but said hiring an individual before Aug. 1 would be an "ideal" situation.
"That would be the perfect scenario, but we want to make sure we arrive at the best decision," Lendrum said. "Every candidate has different strengths, and we're going to determine which one best fits the needs of our district."
For complete list of superintendent applicants, as well as their résumés and applications, click here.