Final 3 for Oakwood school superintendent job includes one local educator

Final-round interviews on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, will allow “all staff members and community members” to be involved

OAKWOOD — A Beavercreek school administrator is one of three Oakwood superintendent candidates advancing to the next round.

Bobbie Fiori, assistant superintendent at Beavercreek City Schools, joins Worthington City Schools secondary education director Neil Gupta, and Andy Hatton, Upper Arlington Schools associate superintendent, for a second round of interviews Tuesday, according to Oakwood.

“Oakwood has a tradition of hiring the right superintendent for our schools because our process is designed for stakeholder input, with the goal of selecting the best candidate to be a servant leader for our district as well as be a member of our community,” Oakwood board of education President John Wilson said in a release announcing second-round candidates.

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The Oakwood board interviewed eight candidates — including Kettering Fairmont High School Principal Tyler Alexander — last week before trimming the list in a process that drew 23 candidates from six states.

The district is seeking a permanent successor to Kyle Ramey, who stepped down Dec. 31 from a job he had since 2013. Oakwood Director of Educational Services and Human Resources Allyson Couch is serving as his temporary replacement.

A 3:30 p.m. session Tuesday will involve six stakeholder teams of students, staff, parents and community partners interviewing the remaining three in a process the district calls the “Gauntlet.”

“This step in the process allows for thoughtful stakeholder input to board members and meaningful engagement for the candidates with our community members so they can also decide if Oakwood is the right fit for them,” Wilson said.

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Input from all second-round interviewees will be reviewed by the board in executive session before two will be picked for final-round interviews on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, according to the district.

The final round at the Harman Elementary School auditorium will allow “all staff members and community members” to be involved, officials said.

On those days, staff members can attend at 3:30 p.m. and community members are invited to attend from 4:45-5:45 p.m., according to the district.

The annual base salary for the top candidate is expected to be $170,000 to $190,000, but is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications, records show.

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