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04-17-04 Board narrows search for new superintendent

By Lance Mihm

  ST. MARYS -- St. Marys City School board members interviewed four applicants for the superintendent position on Monday and Tuesday last week and may have the list narrowed to two.
  In a phone call Tuesday, board member Craig Gottschalk said board members interviewed two applicants that night and planned to interview two more on Wednesday. He said there were two the board was very impressed with but added that none of the 26 applicants had yet been ruled out.
  Board president Grady Shaner confirmed in a telephone interview Friday evening that four candidates, Kenneth Baker, superintendent of Wyoming City Schools, Thomas Fourman, assistant superintendent of Heath City Schools, Robert Walden, assistant superintendent of Franklin Local Schools in Duncan Falls and Brion Deitsch, superintendent of Edgerton Local Schools, had all been interviewed.
  Shaner or Gottschalk would not say which candidates were were the two favorites. However, Shaner said he and board member Joyce Finke would be visiting one school district officials and talk to residents and that Darren Caywood and Craig Gottschalk would be going south to visit another school district. Only one school district of the four interviewees is south of St. Marys. The other three candidates come from school districts east or north of St. Marys.
  School board members plan to meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and spend approximately the first hour in executive session reviewing the results of interviews.
  "We are trying to stay on track and hopefully have our minds made up by the May 12 meeting," Shaner said.


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