CANTON — The next superintendent of the Canton City School District will be someone from outside the district.
The Canton City school board has narrowed the list of 29 applicants for superintendent to six, according to the Ohio School Boards Association, which was hired by the school board to lead the nationwide search.
School board members will interview candidates Tuesday and Wednesday. The board is planning to hold a second round of interviews with two finalists in mid-April and hire the new superintendent in May.
The chosen candidate will succeed interim Superintendent Barbara Maceyak, who took the position after Superintendent Adrian E. Allison left the district in January.
According to the OSBA, the six candidates to be interviewed are:
• Felisha Gould, assistant superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District since August 2015. Gould, of Copley, spent much of her career with Akron Public Schools, beginning in 1995 as a biology teacher, serving as the district's coordinator of the National Science Foundation's Comprehensive Partnerships for Mathematics and Science program and working as a secondary school administrator. Gould also currently works as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University.
• Jeffrey Graham, regional superintendent of Cleveland Municipal City Schools since August 2018. Between 2015 and December 2017, Graham, of Cuyahoga Falls, served as superintendent of Lorain City Schools. Graham also served as superintendent of the Parma City and Woodridge Local school districts, as high school principal at Medina City Schools and as a science teacher and football and track coach at the Wadsworth City and Highland Local school districts.
• Veronica Motley, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning at South Euclid-Lyndhurst City Schools since 2013. Motley previously served as South Euclid-Lyndhurst's director of instruction, director of student services at Kent City Schools, elementary principal for Kent and Woodridge school districts and dean of students at Akron Public Schools. Motley, who began her career as a math teacher in Akron, also works as an adjunct professor at Ashland University.
• Michael Shreffler, superintendent of Northwest Local Schools since 2012. Shreffler, a 1986 Central Catholic High School graduate who now lives in Perry Township, served as superintendent of the Southeast Local School District, curriculum and human resources director and assistant high school principal for Perry Local Schools and as an English teacher, assistant principal and principal in Florida. Shreffler, who currently serves as an instructor for Ashland University, also is the co-founder and president of the Ohio Regional Music Arts Cultural Outreach.
• Jeffery Talbert, superintendent of Alliance City Schools since 2013. Talbert, a Canton native and 1989 Timken High School graduate who now lives in Alliance, served as principal of McKinley High School between 2005 and 2009 and as the district’s freshman academy house leader from 2002 to 2004. The former special education teacher also was an assistant superintendent for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, superintendent and athletic director for Osnaburg Local Schools, principal at Maple Heights High School and assistant principal at Woodridge Middle School.
• George “Eric” Thomas, chief turnaround officer for the Georgia State Board of Education since November 2017. Thomas, of Georgia, previously worked as the chief support officer for the University of Virginia’s Turnaround Program, served as a part-time consultant for the Ohio Department of Education to help assess and support low-performing school districts. Thomas also was the chief innovation officer, principal coach, principal and a teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools.