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State Board of Ed to Interview Lone Superintendent Finalist Monday

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Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 11:05 PM

First there were three, now only one remains.

Stephen Dackin is superintendent of the Reynoldsburg City Schools.

Reynoldsburg Superintendent Steve Dackin withdrew his name from consideration for the state superintendent job today, the day before the state Board of Education was scheduled to interview him and one other finalist, former Illinois state superintendent Robert Schiller, according to the Columbus Dispatch:

In a letter addressed to State Board of Education President Debe Terhar, Dackin said school-board members in Reynoldsburg were concerned about the possibility of his leaving.

Gov. John Kasich's education adviser, Robert Sommers, had also been a finalist, but pulled out in June after learning that, if appointed state superintendent, state ethics laws would bar him from having any contact with the governor's office for a year.

The board will interview Schiller Monday morning and then decide either to hire him or reopen the search, Board of Education President Debe Terhar told the Dispatch. The board is scheduled to meet in public session at 8:15 a.m. Monday at the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus and then immediately go into executive session.

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