|Welker a finalist for Findlay superintendent|
|Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor|
|Thursday, 09 January 2014 09:10|
Eastwood Schools Superintendent Brent Welker is one of three finalists for the superintendent's post at Findlay City Schools.
Welker, along with the superintendents of Ayersville Local Schools and Margaretta Local Schools, will be invited to visit Findlay some time this month.
Ten people applied for the post and the district also targeted several candidates.
Welker was one of those targeted, according to Shane Pochard, Findlay school board president.
Pochard said the board's search consultants, Educational Services Center of Central Ohio, made several recommendations in addition to those who applied.
"He was one of the recommendations they made to us," Pochard said about Welker.
"He interviewed well with the board," which led them to a consensus of putting him in the top three, he added.
Welker said Wednesday he'd prefer not to comment. The Eastwood Board of Education does know he's a finalist.
He's been superintendent at Eastwood for eight years.
Current Findlay Superintendent Dean Wittwer is set to step down in July. School officials hope to make their decision at their Feb. 10 or 24 meeting.
Findlay enrolls 5,800, compares to Eastwood's 1,550.
The bigger city has 12 school buildings, Eastwood has five.
An invitation-only forum is planned for Jan. 24 to allow key members of the community to interact with each candidate individually and provide feedback.
In 2010, Welker also was a finalist for the superintendent's post in Delaware, Ohio.
Pochard also commented on Welker's familiarity with the Findlay area. Welker previously taught at Liberty-Benton High School, just west of Findlay, and Vanlue High School, southeast of the city.
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