The Norwalk City Schools board of education has interviews scheduled with five superintendent candidates this week.
Board president John Lendrum, who released the list of five candidates to the Reflector on Monday, said all the applicants have one thing in common -- their experience in administrative positions in a wide range of district sizes.
"Not all of them are from a district as large as Norwalk," he said
Lendrum said each of the candidates are from school systems that are smaller or slightly smaller than Norwalk, which has about 3,000 students.
The five candidates (and their current positions) who being interviewed this week are: Patrick Colucci (superintendent, Ashland Area City Schools); Sue Goodsite (assistant superintendent/director of curriculum and grants, Norwalk City Schools); James Millett (school administrator, Riverside Local Schools); Scott Will (superintendent, Crestview Local Schools); and Timothy Winland (superintendent, Paint Valley Local Schools).
"We have five people we are going to interview this week," Lendrum said. "I would not say these are the only people we are going to interview. These are the first people we've been able to confirm."
One candidate the board hoped to interview isn't available because he has a new unspecified job.
Geoffrey Palmer most recently was the superintendent/special assistant for transition at West Geauga Local Schools.
"He's been interviewing. He took a job elsewhere," Lendrum said.
Sixteen people originally applied to replace Dennis Doughty, who is retiring July 31 after 38 years in various positions. Ten people returned applications requesting an interview. Starting Aug. 1, Doughty, Norwalk's superintendent for five years, will be the president of Norwalk Catholic School.
Lendrum earlier told the Reflector that board members want someone who can lead the district, continue Norwalk's "excellent programs," is capable of thinking strategically and help the school system continuously improve.
"We want to be a top performing district," the board president said.