May 22, 2013
Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
The Minford Local School Board met Tuesday evening and selected three applicants to interview for superintendent.
Current Minford Superintendent Mark Wilcheck announced in February that he and the school board have mutually agreed to part ways at the end of his contract in December. Previously at Cardington Local Schools, north of Columbus, Wilcheck was hired by the Minford School Board in November 2008 to replace retiring Superintendent Dennis Meade. His first day with the district was in January 2009. After a series of special school board meetings in February, Wilcheck and the board announced that they will not renew his contract when it expires on Dec. 31, 2013.
The school board last month asked the South Central Ohio Educational Services Center (SCOESC) to assist them in their search for a new superintendent. SCOESC Superintendent Lowell Howard explained that summer is always a good time to search for new administration because contracts typically expire at the end of the school year. By searching for candidates now rather than later, he said, the school will have a better chance of finding a superintendent.
The deadline to apply was May 13, and Howard said the SCOESC received 11 applications. Those were presented to the Minford School Board on Tuesday, and the board selected three to interview for superintendent.
Selected was Jonathan G. Kudhnle, Central Office Administrator with the Circleville City Schools; Kathy Hoop, Elementary School Principal with the Hillsboro City Schools; and Dennis Evans, Elementary School Principal with the Minford Local Schools.
Those interviews will be conducted on June 6, 2013.
To help the board make their decision, all employees of Minford Local Schools were invited to participate in a staff survey asking what they thought was most important for a new superintendent, and giving them an opportunity to recommend questions for interview candidates. Surveys were sent to more than 180 employees, with 21 returned.
“The overall feature was that basically they wanted an individual that was going to be committed and was going to actually come in and stay and really work hard; that had a great interest in developing the system,” Howard said.
He said there may, or may not, be a second round of interviews. It would depend, Howard said, on the board’s impression during the first round. The new superintendent’s start date also has not yet been decided, and would depend on the availability of the hired candidate.
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