Super search narrows to 8 finalists


The field has been narrowed to eight candidates for the Oberlin City Schools superintendent position.

The Educational Service Center of Lorain County received 22 applicants for the job by last Thursday’s deadline.

Oberlin board of education members want the new superintendent to have excellent administrative skills, strong knowledge of educational performance standards, an understanding of school construction, knowledge on the International Baccalaureate program, and the ability to produce plans for improvement.

ESC superintendent Greg Ring said the finalists all have an understanding of the IB program, which was a top priority from the board.

“I was very happy with candidates that the board is considering,” he said.

Finalists include:

• Micahel Acomb of Aurora has been a principal at Solon City Schools since 2005 and has been an instructional and technology coach and teacher for the Solon schools.

• David Bowlin of Avon has been the superintendent and CEO of Akron Digital Academy for two years and was a superintendent for the Elizabeth Forward School District in Pennsylvania for two years.

• David Hall of Lorain has been the assistant superintendent for the Lorain City Schools since 2013 and previously was director of student management at the Lorain City Schools and a principal at Larkmoor Elementary for two years each.

• Marva Kay Jones of Copley has been an independent educational consultant since last year and previously was a superintendent for four years at the Warrensville Heights City Schools.

• Micahel Pellegrino of Cleveland has been a principal at Berea City Schools since 2006 and has been on the resident educator standards setting committee and a board member of the educator standards board.

• Brad Ritchey of Brunswick has been the director of instructional assessment at Parma City Schools for two years and was a principal for four years at Normandy High School.

• Stephen Shergalis of Westfield Center has been the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools director of business and administrative services since 2005 and was a director of business services at Strongsville for seven years.

• Ann Spurrier of Concord has been Shaker Heights High School’s principal for eight years and was a principal for three years at Perry Middle School.

Board members are expected to meet with the eight candidates next Tuesday and Wednesday in executive session to interview each and select the top three.

Those finalists will then meet with parents, teachers, and community members June 23 for a final round of interviews.

A new superintendent is expected to be picked by July 1.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.