3 Ohio school leaders in running for Xenia’s superintendent job

UPDATE @ 2:27 p.m.

The three finalists being considered for the next top administrator’s job at Xenia Community Schools are all currently working in Ohio school systems.

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Xenia school leaders will be conducting a second round of interviews with Martha Hasselbusch, superintendent at South Central Local Schools in Northern Ohio; Jonathan Quatman, director at Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development in Milford; and Gabe Lofton, assistant superintendent at Cincinnati Public Schools.

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The three finalists were chosen from a pool of six candidates who were interviewed by the school board through videoconferencing, according to School Board President Pam Callahan.

Callahan said the board will be doing more interviews this week and could vote on the hiring as early as next Monday.

The three who were not chosen for the next round of interviews were Dave Ulrich, former superintendent who retired from Preble Shawnee Local Schools; Darren C. Jenkins, superintendent and chief executive officer at Bellaire Local Schools in Belmont County; and Matthew McCorkle, former superintendent at Washington Courth House City Schools.

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Xenia school board members are narrowing down the list of people to be considered for the district’s top administrator position.

Six people were selected for first-round interviews out of a total 17 applications to fill Xenia schools’ outgoing Superintendent Denny Morrison’s position, according to Xenia School Board President Pam Callahan.

Morrison started his retirement this month, and Assistant Superintendent Christy Fielding has been tapped to fill the role on an interim basis. 

Callahan said the board met Friday, and the list has been trimmed to three candidates for follow-up interviews, which are scheduled to happen Thursday.

The board could make a decision as early as next week. 

This news organization is working to gather more details about those being considered for the position.

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