Staff Writer

ASHTABULA - - The Ashtabula Board of Education met with Kathy LaSota, an Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) consultant, in executive session on Thursday, to hear the results of the association's recruitment and screening process.

At that meeting the board also determined it's next steps in their search for a new superintendent. LaSota said 26 individuals requested application packets and 21 actually applied. Of those applicants who returned their applications, four were from other states.

-We are pleased with what has proven to be a thorough and rigorous national search process,- said Roland Valentic board of education president. -We are hopeful that a clear top candidate will emerge as a result of the interview and evaluation phase.-

LaSota did highly recommend seven applicants for the board's consideration. The board choose to interview six, said Michael Franklin, vice president of the board.

-I personally was very happy with the list from the OSBA,- Franklin said.

Those applicants who will be interviewed in the first round of interviews on Oct. 5 and Oct. 10, by the board during executive sessions are the following: William Harbron, superintendent of the Northern Ozaukee School District in Wisconsin; Jeffrey Richardson, superintendent of the East Palestine City School District in Ohio; Dennis Rose, superintendent of Galion City School District in Ohio; Dr. Arvo Toukonen, assistant superintendent of the Tamalipais Union High School District in California; John Wilson, executive director of development with the Warren City School District in Ohio; and Patrick Guliano, former superintendent of the Niles City School District and currently an instructor at Notre Dam College in Cleveland.

LaSota said the groups' educational experience ranged from 42 years to 14 years.

-It was a huge gamete of experience,- she said. -They are a pretty seasoned group.-

After the first round of interviews the board will cut the list down further and conduct a second round of interviews. The board hopes to have a new superintendent in place by mid-November.

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