District searching for a super

Margaretta Schools hopes to replace its departing superintendent by the end of May, according to a timeline recently posted to the district’s website.
Alissa Widman Neese
Mar 21, 2014
The district kicked off its search Feb. 24, a week after school board members accepted 12-year superintendent Ed Kurt’s resignation. On Feb. 10, Kurt accepted a job as Findlay Schools superintendent for the next three years, starting Aug. 1. His last day with Margaretta Schools, his hometown district, is July 31.

Nine individuals have already applied for Kurt’s position, with more applications expected next week, employees in the district’s board office said Thursday.

The deadline to apply is March 28. Jude Hammond, the district’s treasurer, will oversee the search, with board members and Kurt providing input throughout the process.

“This is our No. 1 job, and the biggest reason we’re here, and we’re hoping the right candidate will rise to the top,” said board president JoAnn McMahon, who has conducted three superintendent searches for the district, including the one that landed Kurt.

On Wednesday, board members provided few updates about the search, and said they’re awaiting the application deadline before they make their next move.

The tentative plan: Conduct interviews throughout April and select a replacement by May 19, according to a schedule posted to the district’s website in February.

He or she will then transition into the new job throughout June and July, with some assistance from Kurt, and officially begin Aug. 1.

Kurt is set to receive $138,000 annually at Findlay Schools, with a 2 percent annual pay increase for the next two years, according to his new contract.

At Margaretta Schools, Kurt received $118,000 a year, according to his current contract, which was set to expire in July 2016.