By Lance Mihm
MINSTER -- Six more people have applied for the soon-to-be-vacant superintendent's job at Minster Local Schools, including two educators who formerly worked in the area.
Former Marion Local High School Principal Vaughn Thacker, 653 Deer Run, Perrysburg, has applied for the position. He worked at Marion Local from 1995 to 2001 and currently is a consultant with the Lucas County Educational Service Center.
Rod Jenkins, 108 Wade Hampton, Beaufort, S.C., a former athletic director at Fort Recovery Local Schools from 1985 to 1986, also has applied. He currently is a principal at Battery Creek High School in Beaufort.
Other new applicants are Kenneth Boyer, 10488 County Road 17-75, West Unity, superintendent of Millcreek-West Unity Local Schools; Shawn Brown, no address listed, principal at Spencerville High School; Richard Bricker, 901 E. High St., Eaton, superintendent at Preble Shawnee Local Schools; and Chad Hill, 279 Woodlawn Drive, Tipp City, principal at Dixie High School in New Lebanon.
The position opened up in February when current Superintendent Hal Belcher announced his plans to retire on July 31. Belcher has been superintendent at the school for 22 years. The application process is being handled by the Auglaize County Educational Service Center.
The deadline to apply is Friday, and interviews will begin in May. School board members hope to select someone by June and have the new superintendent on site by Aug. 1.
Applicants who applied earlier are:
Richard E. Sykes, Centerville; Larry Brown, Castalia; James Craig, Uniontown; Kenneth J. Schmiesing, Jefferson; Steven J. Pritts, Pataskala; Carol B. French, Westerville; Ray Gayl, Dublin; Willie C. Watts Jr., Akron; Gary N. Scarth, Fayetteville; Timothy R. Siegfried, Marengo; Stephen M. Larcomb, Hudson, Wyo.; Joel D. Anderson, Springboro; Kevin E. Bockrath, Chillicothe; Tom F. Forman, Heath; Gregory I. Newell, Sherrodsville and David E. Williamson, Greenwich.
A committee will do the initial screening of the candidates. Committee members include ESC Superintendent Pat Niekamp, school Treasurer Laura Klosterman, school board President Mike Hoelscher and former St. Marys Superintendent Paul Blaine.
After the field of candidates is narrowed down, a committee representing different local organizations will be selected to plan social meetings with the finalists.