Nine people submitted applications for the position of superintendent in the Oregon City Schools District by the June 7 deadline.
Dr. Lonny Rivera, principal of the Wayne Trace Intermediate School in the Maumee City Schools District, and John M. Schloegl, director of operations, Kids Unlimited Academy, were the only candidates who live in Oregon.
The other candidates are:
• Mark Hartman, retired as superintendent of Antwerp Local Schools;
• Bruce Kidder, superintendent Frontier Local Schools;
• Curtis Clough, superintendent Franklin Local Schools;
• Dr. Deborah A. Piotrowski, superintendent Xenia Community Schools;
• Dr. Michael D. Sander, superintendent Massie Local Schools;
• Dr. Thomas D. Gay, national/international education consultant, Faircloth and Forsythe and The Quality Schools Group, Wilmington, DE;
• Mark A. Fenik, Middle School principal, Bloom-Carroll Local Schools.
Board President P.J. Kapfhammer said the list will be cut to four candidates at a special board meeting scheduled for June 13. “We’ll go into executive session to name the top four candidates. We’ll interview them, and eliminate two and then look at the final two candidates,” said Kapfhammer.
Rivera and Schloegl, he added, should be among the final four candidates because they live in Oregon.
“In my opinion, Schloegl and Rivera should be considered among the final four because they are local and have roots in the community. I think it’s important, as a board, that we bring someone in who has connections in Oregon, who wants to be here, not for a job, but who wants to live here because they love Oregon,” said Kapfhammer.
He emphasized that residency is, legally, not required for the position.
“If they’re local, it’s just a big bonus for me,” he said.
Choosing a new superintendent will be decided by a unanimous vote, he said.
“We hope that by interviewing these candidates, we come to a unanimous decision who should be the next leader of the Oregon City Schools District. That will make our decision when to move forward easier. If we don’t come to a unanimous decision, then that will change how long it will take us to find a qualified candidate. We need to move quickly, but we’re not going to decide just for the sake of moving forward. It should be a slam dunk. If it’s not someone who we believe is the best candidate for the Oregon City Schools District, we’ll continue the process until we find the best person,” said Kapfhammer.
The school board last month approved the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Michael Zalar, who is leaving to become superintendent of the North Olmsted City Schools District in North Olmsted Ohio.
Zalar became superintendent of the Oregon City Schools District in 2008. Previously, he was principal of Clay High School for five years.
The North Olmsted school board approved a three year contract with Zalar, effective Aug. 1.