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Dawson-Bryant to interview candidates for superintendent

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

COAL GROVE, Ohio -- The Dawson-Bryant Board of Education will bring in four potential candidates for the superintendent's job next week, said Jim Beals, school board president.

The board received 11 applications for the post earlier this month. The board is looking for a new superintendent after Dennis DeCamp announced plans to retire by June 30 due to changes in the state retirement system. DeCamp, 52, has served as Dawson-Bryant superintendent for nearly five years.

The board called special meetings for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, and for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the board offices to interview the four candidates, Beals said. He declined to say which four candidates are being interviewed next week.

"We went over the 11 applicants" during a board meeting Monday, Beals said. "We have until July 1, but we would like to make a decision way before that,"

Several of the candidates have local ties.

Dawson-Bryant High School Principal Steve Easterling is among the candidates for the job as is South Point Superintendent Ken Cook. Jeremy Franklin Newman, former Symmes Valley Elementary principal and former assistant principal at Greenup County, Ky., applied for the job as did George E. York, former South Point teacher, principal and superintendent in the South Point school district.

Mike Staggs, superintendent of New Boston schools, also is a candidate as is Darren Jenkins, former superintendent, South Central Ohio Educational Service Center in Portsmouth.

Other candidates include: Dennis S. Spisak, assistant principal for the Youngstown city school system; Bryan K. Miller, who has served as superintendent of boards of developmental disabilities in Hancock County, Montgomery County and Wyandot County; and Lora S. Lowe, special education supervisor for the Ross Pike Educational Service District in Chillicothe.

Also applying were: Mark Fenik, principal at Bloom-Carroll Middle School and Loyal James Wilson with the Zanesville, Ohio, school district.

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