Interview process for Ohio’s state superintendent advances

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s state school board is zeroing in on finalists for the state superintendent’s job.

The state Board of Education scheduled an executive session Thursday to discuss the list of finalists prepared by a search firm and any additional nominations from board members. They will also develop interview questions.

The search firm Ray and Associates recommended five of 44 applicants as finalists, including Republican Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) former education adviser. Board members also were able to nominate candidates.

Richard Ross vacated the position Dec. 31 and Lonny Rivera has been serving as interim superintendent.

Thursday’s executive session is closed. An Ohio Department of Education spokeswoman says the board will vote on each nomination separately. The five or fewer candidates with the most votes will move onto the interview phase.