George Fisk is one of two finalists for the Claymont Schools superintendent job.
Claymont’s outgoing superintendent John Rocchi took a job at the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center.
The Claymont Board of Education this week narrowed the search from eight candidates to two — the other being Scott Golec, assistant principal in the Rolling Hills Local School District in Byesville.
Norwalk hired Fisk on a three-year contract in 2015. Then, in May 2017, Fisk agreed to a five-year contract that runs through July 31, 2023.
On Friday, Fisk said he will interview again Monday and expects a final decision soon.
The Claymont school board wants to conclude the hiring process during first 10 days of July, said Cheryl Ryan, director of board and management services with the Ohio School Boards Association. Ryan is helping the district with the process.
Located in Dennison, the Claymont district is about 36 miles south of Canton in Tuscarawas County.
This isn’t the first time Fisk has applied for another administrator job while in Norwalk.
In 2016, he was one of 15 people competing for North Canton Schools’ superintendent position.
At the time, Fisk — a 1992 Canton McKinley Senior High School graduate — told the Reflector he was interested in the North Canton job because it was an “opportunity to return home.” McKinley is part of Canton City Schools.
His daughter was 5 months old at the time, and she “only gets to see her grandmother once or twice a month,” Fisk told the Reflector in 2016. “As a family, that’s a hard thing to grapple with.”
“Being a father has been a life-changing experience,” he added. “With the advancing age of my family and the limited number of new openings in Stark County, this was an opportunity I did not feel I could ignore,” he said.
Fisk, who lives in Norwalk, did not get the North Canton job. Now he’s a step closer to returning to that part of the state.
On Friday, he said he made the decision to apply for the Claymont job with his family in mind.
Fisk earned a bachelor of science in elementary education from Ohio University and a master’s in education, educational administration from Ashland University.
He was a fourth-grade teacher at Mineral City Elementary School from 1998 to 2001 and an eighth-grade teacher at Tuscarawas Valley Middle School in Zoarville from 2001 to 2007. He was also head coach of the varsity girls’ golf team at Tuscarawas Valley from 2003 to 2007. His administrative experience includes serving as elementary principal in the Montpelier Exempted Village Schools in Montpelier from 2007 to 2008; primary principal at Ontario Local Schools in Mansfield from 2008 to 2012; and superintendent of East Palestine City Schools in East Palestine, Ohio, from 2012 to 2015.
Golec, meanwhile, also has ties to Tuscarawas County.
Golec, who lives in Dennison, is a graduate of Indian Hills Christian School and has a bachelor of science in education from Kent State University and a masters of education in educational leadership from Salem University.
He taught at Claymont Junior High as an eighth-grade teacher from 1989 to 1990 and at New Philadelphia City Schools from 1990 to 2008 as a seventh/eighth- grade math and social studies teacher. His administrative experience includes serving as Claymont Junior High principal/assistant principal from 2008 to 2010; assistant principal at Claymont High School from 2010 to 2013; and high school principal from 2013 to 2016.
He has been at Rolling Hills since 2016.
Claymont’s new superintendent is expected to begin work about Aug. 1.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Tandem Media Network and The Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia (TNS) contributed to this story.