West Carrollton interviewing superintendent candidates

Sixteen applicants are seeking to become the next superintendent of West Carrollton City Schools. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
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Sixteen applicants are seeking to become the next superintendent of West Carrollton City Schools. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Superintendent candidate interviews have started as West Carrollton City Schools Board of Education seeks to hire a successor to Rusty Clifford.

The board's search committee has interviewed one of the 16 applicants and plans another session tonight, according to Donald Henry, board vice president.

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Board members met for nearly three hours Monday night reviewing the applicants, which include several area administrators, board President Roberta Phillips said. Henry said one candidate has been interviewed so far, but he did not identify that person.

The board is set to meet tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the district’s offices, 430 E. Pease Ave., to continue interviews, Henry said. More sessions are set for Saturday morning and Monday night.

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Clifford, who has held the job since 1999, submitted his resignation last month and will work through July. The district includes West Carrollton, and parts of Miami Twp. and Moraine.

The 16 applicants all either live or work in Ohio, according to the district. Applicants with area ties include:

-Amy Baldridge, Greene County Education Services Center director of educational programs;

-Kimberly Hall, Walter Shade Early Childhood Center principal in West Carrollton;

-Shelley Hilderbrand, Huber Heights City Schools assistant superintendent;

- Matthew McCorkle, former Washington Court House Schools superintendent;

- Jeff Patrick, Franklin-Monroe Local Schools superintendent;

-Jim Schoenlein, former Kettering City Schools superintendent.

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Other applicants include: current superintendents Martha Hasselbusch of South Central in Greenwich; Robert Humble of Fairbanks Local Schools in Milford Center; Michael McCoy Oak Hill Union Local Schools in Jackson County; Andrea Townsend, of New Bremen Local Schools in Auglaize County; and former superintendent Kent Polen, former superintendent of Beaver Local Schools in Lisbon.

Others with central office experience include: Thomas Bailey, assistant superintendent of Three Rivers Local Schools in Cleves near Cincinnati; Joyce Thompson, a retired director/supervisor with Columbus City Schools; Patty Main, curriculum director of Sandy Valley Schools in Magnolia.

Current school principals include: Michael Eicher of Dawson-Bryant Local Schools in Powell and - ‎Dawson-Bryant Local Schools; and Milton Folson of Mt. Healthy City Schools near Cincinnati.

Board members said they want to find a replacement for Clifford by early May and for that person to start work by Aug. 1.

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