2 local superintendents make Tipp City schools candidate list

Tipp City superintendent Gretta Kumpf

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Tipp City superintendent Gretta Kumpf

Six candidates will be interviewed next week by the Tipp City Exempted Village Schools Board of Education as it works toward selecting a new superintendent.

The board began the superintendent search in December after Superintendent Gretta Kumpf said she would retire at the end of July. She has been superintendent since mid-2015.

The board met in an executive session Tuesday, Feb. 25, to narrow the list of 26 applicants to seven who would be interviewed. One of the candidates, Jason Enix, assistant superintendent of the Beavercreek City Schools, will not be interviewed after already accepting another job, said Theresa Dunaway, board of education president.

Those who will be invited for interviews are:

• George Fish, superintendent, Norwalk City Schools

• Kimberly Halley, assistant superintendent Reynoldsburg City Schools

• Larry Hook, superintendent, Carlisle Local Schools

• Maura Hogan, director of curriculum and staff development, Newark City Schools

• Aaron Moran, superintendent, Versailles Exempted Village Schools

• Mark Stefanik, superintendent, Currituck County Schools, North Carolina

The board has scheduled interviews Monday, March 2, and Tuesday, March 3. The meetings will be executive sessions closed to the public.

K-12 Business Consulting of New Albany was hired in December for $14,900 plus up to $2,000 in expense to assist in the search.

“We promise you we will bring you fantastic applicants,” consultant Kathleen Lowery told the board in December.

The consultants held focus groups and a public input session in January to help determine characteristics desired in the next superintendent. The community said that person would need to be highly visible, accountable, a collaborator with a vision for the district, fiscally responsible and caring about students, according to a report on public input compiled by consultants.

The board of education is focused on hiring the most qualified candidate who best fits the needs of the schools as outlined in the superintendent search profile, Dunaway said.

“We are fortunate to have received 26 quality applicants who are interested in leading our district. Working closely with K-12 Business Consultants we carefully reviewed the candidates’ credentials, accomplishments and references before narrowing down this list to seven impressive administrators,” she said. “This is an exciting time for Tipp City Schools and the board looks forward to introducing our new superintendent.”

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