Round one of interviews for the Akron School Board is complete after the board met with potential candidates Monday night.
So many residents have expressed interest in filling the seat vacated by Ginger Baylor, the board has set aside Wednesday to meet with the remaining candidates.
Baylor left the board March 4 to accept a position with U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, (D-11).
Baylor has pledged to continue her focus on education in her new position as the board sifts through 23 applicants to replace her.
President Jason Haas said the number of applicants doubled his highest expectation, but he is “glad” that so many have shown interest.
The applicants include: Janice O. Davis, Jeffrey S. Davis, Vincent R. T. Diorio, Renee L. Greene, Amy Reeves Grom, Richard E. Hall Jr., Gregory W. Harris, Michael J. Herhold, Larry W. Johnson Sr., Thomas Jowhar, Karen C. Mallison, April D. Moore, Penelope Pinkston, Douglas J. Powley, Patrick Dylan Quinn, John R. Sans, Veronica R. Sims, Scott V. Stetson, Christopher J. Tankersley, Adam M. VanHo, Deborah Maire Walsh, Willie Cephus Watts Jr. and Patricia Wyatt.
The board plans to complete the two-day interview process, which began Monday, on Wednesday night.
Baylor’s successor is slated to be named during a regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday.