CAMPBELL SCHOOLS Talks enter second round
The school board will interview candidates for superintendent June 28-29.
CAMPBELL -- Four of the six finalists for the Campbell superintendent's position are currently superintendents in other Ohio school districts, according to the consultant conducting the search for the Campbell City School District.
No internal candidates are among the field set for the first round of interviews, to be conducted by the school board here Wednesday and Thursday. The group also includes a high school principal and the director of an educational skills development center, said Al Meloy of the Ohio School Boards Association.
The six finalists are:
UKevin Turner, superintendent, Jefferson Local Schools.
UDavid Heslinger, high school principal, Fremont City Schools.
USam Lucas, superintendent, Harrison Hills City School District.
UGregg Reink, superintendent, Mogadore School District.
UTom Robey, general manager of Life Skills Education Center of Toledo.
URichard Bricker, superintendent, Preble-Shawnee Local Schools.
They were selected by the board from a field of 29 applicants last week.
The search generated 38 inquiries, Meloy said.
This week's interview will be followed by a week devoted to checking references, Meloy said. The board will narrow the field to three finalists, who will be interviewed June 28-29.
Hopeful about hiring
School board members have said they would like to make a hiring decision by the first few days in July.
"We encourage boards to bring in three finalists," Meloy said. "But they could go back and select another one or two candidates to interview in the first round if they feel it's necessary."
Meloy has handled about 40 searches as an OSBA consultant, including the most recent searches for superintendent candidates in Austintown, Salem and Warren school districts.
"It's an exciting time," he said. "I was pleased with the number of candidates that we had, and we also had a lot of quality there."
The new superintendent will replace James A. Ciccolelli, a Campbell native who served as superintendent for 12 years. His contract was not renewed by the board following the 2003-04 school year.
The superintendent search will cost the district between $5,800 and $8,200, school board president Diane Petruska said at a recent school board meeting.