NEW WASHINGTON - The Buckeye Central Local Schools Board of Education has narrowed its search to three candidates for the superintendent position.
"After utilizing information gained from staff and community input meetings, screening 16 applicants and interviewing six of those applicants, they have narrowed the search," said search consultant Eugene Linton of the Telego Center for Educational Improvement at Ashland University.
Linton said the contract approved by the board with Ashland University for the search totals $4,500.
The candidates are Curtis Clough, superintending of Strausburg Franklin Local Schools; Mike Martin, administrator at Pioneer Career & Technology Center; and Mark Robinson, student growth measures specialist at Mahoning County Educational Service Center.
Clough said on his application he wants to make a change from his current position because "(he) is looking for a new opportunity where (he) can work with a board and community for the best interests of students."
Clough has served as superintendent for Strausburg Franklin Local since 2011. Prior to his current position, Clough served as an academic chair, high school principal, assistant principal and district athletic director.
Clough holds a superintendent license and a permanent teaching contract in social studies. He is a 1985 graduate of Shelby High School and earned a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and a master's degree from the University of Akron.
Martin has served in his position as administrator since 2009. He has taught middle school history and high school history and government in other districts.
Martin is a 1993 graduate of Buckeye Central and has a bachelor's degree Heidelberg University and a master's degree from Tiffin University.
He holds an Ohio principal and teaching license and is enrolled in superintendency courses at Ashland University to obtain his superintendent's license.
"I look forward to the opportunity to lead the district that has meant so much to my personal development," Martin had said in his application. "I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of a district and community that mirrors my values and goals."
Robinson holds a professional assistant superintendent, permanent high school principal and an industrial arts education teaching licenses. He earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio Northern University and a master's degree from Kent State University. He is a 1976 graduate of Willard High School.
Robinson has been in his current position since 2011. Prior, he served in other districts as superintendent, assistant superintendent, high school principal, middle school principal and assistant principal, and taught industrial arts education.
"These candidates best fit the district's needs based on the traits the board, staff and community selected as needed qualities," Linton said.
Linton said the candidates fit for the district based on past public school experience, desire to be a part of the community and many school activities, are someone who exhibits excellent human relation skills, makes decisions based on student needs, familiarity of the school district and general are that the school district is located, and a willingness to be a resident of the community or a community nearby.
Linton said a candidate could be announced for the position as soon as two weeks, depending on the how second round of interviews progress and the results of the reference checks.