The six remaining candidates to become the next Miamisburg schools superintendent are set to be interviewed today and Tuesday.
The district’s board of education plans to meet in person in executive session both days and talk with three candidates during each one, President Dale Toadvine said.
The board will then pick two or three finalists and invite back the following week for a “meet and greet” with select community members before deciding on a successor for the retiring David Vail, he added.
The normal process used by the consulting firm working with the district - K-12 Business Consulting Inc. - is for the board to make its choice on the night of the final interviews, Toadvine said.
“But we don’t want to do that,” he said. “That doesn’t really gives time to interact with the people we’re going to invite” to talk with the candidates.
“It’s important that if you have a meet and greet that you utilize the information that get from the people that you invite,” Toadvine added.
He said the board hopes to make a choice by June 1, but that may depend on restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The remaining candidates, according to the district, are:
•Thomas S. Bailey, superintendent, Washington Court House City Schools, 2017–present. Bailey served as band director at Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton from 1991–1993 and earned a master’s degree from the University of Dayton in 1996;
•Laura L. Blessing, superintendent, Northeastern Wayne Schools, Fountain City, Ind., 2013–present;
•Dennis Haft, superintendent, Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village School District, Clyde, Ohio, 2016–present;
•Kimberly K. Halley, assistant superintendent, Reynoldsburg City Schools, 2018–present. Halley earned a master’s degree from the UD in 1998 and is in the doctorate program at Miami University.
•David L. Lewis, superintendent, Miami Trace Local Schools, 2013–present.
•Jennifer Penczarski, superintendent, Kenton City Schools, 2010–present. She is a 1996 Miami U. grad and is pursuing a doctorate there.
Initially, 29 candidates applied to the district, which includes the city, most of Miami Twp. and parts of German Twp.
The board trimmed the list to seven. One candidate - Norwalk City Schools Superintendent George E. Fisk – dropped out, Toadvine said.
Vail announced his retirement in a letter to the board earlier this year. He has been an educator for nearly 40 years, the past seven-plus as Miamisburg’s superintendent.
Both today and Tuesday meetings are set for 5 p.m. in the Miamisburg Board of Education Professional Development Room, 540 E. Park Ave.
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