Fisk withdraws as South Range schools job candidate

Cary Ashby • Aug 15, 2019 at 9:03 AM

Norwalk City Schools Superintendent George Fisk has withdrawn his name as a candidate for the top job in South Range.

“I’m not a candidate for that position,” Fisk said Wednesday without elaborating.

At one point Fisk was one of four finalists to replace Dennis Dunham, who will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year after more than 10 years as the South Range Local Schools superintendent. The other candidates were: Bethany Carlson, elementary principal at Struthers City Schools; Steven Matos, a South Range elementary school principal; and Rob Mehno, superintendent at Leetonia. South Range is in Beaver Township.

Board President Corey Yoakam issued a statement Tuesday stating Carlson will be on the agenda as the candidate to replace Dunham.

Yoakam said although Carlson will be on the agenda, no decision has been made yet regarding her hire, which is a recommendation based on the interview process.

The field of 14 applicants was narrowed to four, according to the Morning Journal in Lisbon.

“After reviewing resumes we concluded to interview only four as these four showed skills in their application materials submitted that we find highly desirable in our superintendent,” Yoakam told the newspaper.

This is the third time in about three years that Fisk has applied for other area superintendent positions.

In 2016, he was one of 15 people competing for the North Canton City Schools superintendent job, but didn’t get it. Fisk is a 1992 Canton McKinley Senior High School graduate and McKinley is part of Canton City Schools.

Then in the summer of 2018, Fisk was turned down as the superintendent in Claymont City Schools. At the time, he said the district selected “the finalist with established roots in their community.”

In the case of both the North Canton and Claymont positions, Fisk has said he kept his family in mind and the Claymont job was an “opportunity to return home.”

Norwalk hired Fisk on a three-year contract in 2015. Then, in May 2017, the board agreed to a five-year contract that runs through July 31, 2023.

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