LORAIN — Seven semifinalists to become the next Lorain Schools superintendent have been selected.
Members of the Board of Education and Superintendent Search Committee on Monday approved the candidates who were selected by members of the Ohio School Boards Association from a list of 32 candidates. The semifinalists will be interviewed Wednesday and Thursday by committee members who will narrow the list down to three or four candidates Thursday.
Mitchell Fallis, a board member and committee chairman, said he was pleased that many of the candidates have doctorates or masters degrees.
“They’re someone who can not only figure out complex issues, but has the ability to stick with the process until its completion,” he said. “It’s a test of endurance. These people have been through academic rigors.”
Two of the candidates are Lorain Schools employees. Aliceson Humphries is director of professional staff development. Jay Ferguson is a former Southview High School principal.
Last year, Humphries dropped a federal lawsuit against the district and former Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson. Atkinson had recommended Humphries be fired for choking a student during a 2009 field trip. Humphries, who was suspended for 30 days, said she was defending herself.
The finalists will be interviewed by board members July 9 and 10. The board hopes to have a new superintendent hired in time for the start of the school year in August.
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- Jay A. Ferguson, Lorain Schools employee and former Southview High School principal
- Aliceson Humphries, Lorain Schools director of professional staff development
- James Kalis, Riverside Schools superintendent
- Debroah Piotrowski, Xenia Schools superintendent
- Stephen Stohla, Brookfield Schools superintendent
- Bruce Thomas, Warren Schools superintendent
- Thomas Tucker, Sandusky Schools superintendent
SOURCE: Lorain Superintendent Search Committee