Local pair among 8 Oakwood will consider for new school superintendent

Applications came from six states; Kettering Fairmont principal, Beavercreek assistant superintendent among candidates

OAKWOOD — Two local school administrators, a pair from the Cincinnati area and a couple from suburban Columbus are among the eight candidates Oakwood school district officials plan to interview in their superintendent search.

Applicants from Beavercreek, Kettering, Upper Arlington, Worthington, Wyoming and Cincinnati La Salle join candidates from Newark and Lansing, Ill., on the short list the Oakwood board of education plans to talk with Tuesday and Wednesday, said Deb Campbell, search consultant for K-12 Business Consulting, the firm leading the search.

Those eight made the first cut in a search that drew 23 applicants from six states, records show. They include:

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• Tyler Alexander, Kettering Fairmont High School principal, 2015-present. He has worked at FHS since 2005 as a math teacher, assistant athletic director, unit principal and principal.

• Bobbie Fiori, Beavercreek City Schools assistant superintendent, 2020-present. She has been with Beavercreek since 2003 as a principal and director of student services. Fiori previously taught in Tipp City and Middletown.

• Neil Kenneth Gupta, Worthington City Schools secondary education director, 2015-present.

• Andy Hatton, Upper Arlington Schools associate superintendent, 2019–present.

• Maura Horgan, Newark City Schools assistant superintendent, 2021-present.

• Aaron M. Marshall, La Salle High School principal/CEO, 2016-present.

• Nathan S. Schilling, Lansing (Ill.) School District 158 superintendent, 2018-present.

• Ashley Lauren Whitely, Wyoming City Schools assistant superintendent, 2018-present.

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The search for a permanent successor to Kyle Ramey drew applicants from, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts and North Carolina, Campbell said.

Ramey was hired by Oakwood in 2013 after a 20-year stretch with Kettering City Schools. He stepped down Dec. 31 in a move announced several months ago.

Director of Educational Services and Human Resources Allyson Couch is his temporary replacement.

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After interviews Tuesday and Wednesday, the board plans to narrow the list of candidates to three by Jan. 20, Campbell said.

Second-round interviews set for Jan. 24 will include six stakeholder groups, and a day later the list will be trimmed to two, she added.

Final interviews are planned for Jan. 31 with a selection targeted for Feb. 2, Campbell said.

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