Kurt is Findlay Schools finalist

Findlay Schools has narrowed its superintendent applicants to three finalists, and Margaretta Schools superintendent Ed Kurt is still in the running.
Alissa Widman Neese
Dec 11, 2013


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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@% $& well this ruined my day


Oh, bummer! Gunner didn't make it!

Good 2 B Me

Son of a &^*^$!
We are still stuck with Gunner.

Erie County Resident

I see Findlay doesn't want Gunner the loser either.
He did say he was available by Jan. 1st. My Christmas wish is he could still just quit and go away.

Common Sense

The article is about Mr. Kurt being a finalist. Congratulations should be given to him.

To those who commented otherwise, stay on topic. Even Thumper knew that if you couldn't say something nice, you shouldn't say anything at all.


I would be happy to congratulate Ed Kurt. I sincerely hope he is chosen and leaves Margaretta.


Would Perkins taxpayers pass an operating levy if money was added to the levy to pay off Mr. Gunner's contract and he would be replaced as superintendent ?

A simple yes or no answer is all that is needed.

Just trying to understand what is needed to bring the community back together.


YES...... Take that donutshopguy


Thanks for your input Doug. Anyone else have an opinion on my option ?