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Keystone school board to interview six for job of superintendent

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    Keystone Superintendent Franco Gallo has been hired as the new superintendent for the Educational Service Center of Lorain County.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE FILE

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LAGRANGE -- Faced with the departure of Superintendent Franco Gallo, Keystone board members will interview six candidates designated as the district’s “top six.”

Board members will talk with three prospective candidates today and three more candidates tomorrow. A second round of interviews will take place next week.

Greg Ring, the outgoing superintendent of the Educational Service Center of Lorain County, today released a list of candidates in the district’s superintendent search. Twenty-two educators applied for the position, according to the list.

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Keystone Superintendent Franco Gallo has been hired as the new superintendent for the Educational Service Center of Lorain County.

KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE FILE Enlarge

Gallo will leave Keystone to take over for Ring, who announced in February plans to retire.

The board will see Paul Kish, a junior high school principal in Berea; Kim Allen, director of the STEPS Academy and Kent Morgan, superintendent of Buckeye Local Schools, tonight.

David Pritt, curriculum director for North Ridgeville Schools, Jeff Graham, a current consultant with the ESC and former Lorain Schools superintendent, and Dan White, director of education for Midview Schools have interviews set for tomorrow night.

Board members narrowed down the six candidates they wanted to interview last week in a meeting with Ring as the ESC is conducting the search for the district.

Keystone board member Renee Mezera said the board hopes to hire a new superintendent from the applicant pool.

“The top six is what we are starting with and hope to find someone within that group,” she said Friday.

Mezera said the board believes they have a good group and so far have a bit of consensus about who should receive interviews, which is very encouraging.

“We have been getting copies of resumes as they came in and it was really wonderful that all five of us had the six in our top six,” she said.

Gallo, 38, started as Keystone’s interim superintendent in 2015 when he was the high school principal, but assumed the lead role in the face of an investigation into then-Superintendent Jay Arbaugh.

Leaving the district takes Gallo from being the leader of one district of 1,600 students to an agency that serves 14 school districts in Lorain County.

Gallo received a three-year contract from the ESC Governing Board last month with a base salary of $122,000.

Ring, who has been superintendent at the ESC for six years, has a salary of $126,300.

Gallo bested 11 other applicants for that job.

Mezera said Gallo has been a great superintendent for the district.

“You always wonder how you will fill the shoes of someone who is doing so well,” she said.

Contact Lisa Roberson at (440) 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Facebook at LRobersonCT


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