Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Field narrows for Loveland position

Three to interview for superintendent

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        LOVELAND — Sycamore Community Schools Assistant Superintendent Kevin Boys is one of three finalists for the superintendent's job in the Loveland City Schools.

        Over the next week each of the finalists will spend a day in the district touring the schools, meeting with the board, talking with administrators, teachers, staff and others, and participating in a public interview with the board.

        “I was impressed with both the number and qualifications of the candidates,” said Judy McClanahan, board president. “We believe that Loveland is the type of district that attracts highly qualified candidates.”

        The finalists were selected from a field of 28 candidates, Mrs. McClanahan said.

        Former superintendent Michael Cline left in December to become superintendent of the Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools near Toledo. Former Loveland Superintendent Ronald DeWitt has been filling the post temporarily.

        Finalist Larry D. Smith, superintendent of New Bremen Local Schools in Auglaize County, will come to Loveland Wednesday. Mr. Boys, who is scheduled for May 7, will follow him. The third finalist is Michael J. Ziegelhofer, superintendent of Lexington Local Schools in Richland County. He will visit Loveland May 9.

        The candidates will each finish their visits with a 6 p.m. community forum at the Loveland Intermediate School's media center, 801 S. Lebanon Road. Residents are invited, but only board members will ask questions.

        Residents may submit questions in advance of the meetings. Questions should be directed to Mrs. McClanahan. E-mail her at mcclanju@loveland.k12.oh.us or mail to: Judy McClanahan, Loveland Board of Education, 757 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland, OH 45140. Secretary Doris Osborne also will accept questions over the phone. Call 683-5600.

        Mrs. McClanahan said the board plans to make a decision before school ends.


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