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The Suburbanite
  • Honkala, Miller finalists for Green superintendent

  • Dennis Honkala and Jeffrey Miller as the final two candidates for the Green Local Schools Superintendent position.

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  • Two are vying for the Green Local Schools Superintendent position.
    Bob Campbell, school board member and search committee chair announced Friday that the board has chosen Dennis Honkala and Jeffrey Miller as the final two candidates for the job.
    The district received 40 applications for the position that was left vacant when Superintendent Michael Nutter announced his resignation in April. From there, the board interviewed five candidates including Amanda Hogue-Gardinsky, Tod Hug and Debra Kennedy.
    According to Campbell, the district is looking for many qualities in the new superintendent.
    “We are looking for someone that communicates well with the board and the community as a whole,” said Campbell.
    Green is also looking for someone to take the district to a higher level, someone with a vision who committed to long-term leadership.
    Beginning Thursday, Honkala and Miller will be interviewed by community members who are part of Green Local’s search committee. Those meetings, set for 3:45 p.m. Thursday and Friday will be in the Green High School Commons.
    Both meetings are open to the public.
    The board of education conducted its superintendent search with the assistance of Finding Leaders, LLC., at a cost of $7,500. The firm has been used twice by Green and was instrumental in conducting the search that lead to Nutter’s hiring four years ago.
    It’s likely that the board will announce its choice for superintendent by the end of the month. During its regular monthly meeting in May, Foster announced that plans were to have the new superintendent in place by July 1.
    Currently, Green has no assistant superintendent. It was a position Nutter eliminated as a cost-cutting measure. District officials have not determined if the assistant superintendent position will be re-established once a new superintendent is hired
    “At this time,” Campbell said, “we are not locked into one particular option about an assistant superintendent as we want to listen to the ideas of the new superintendent.”
    Nutter, who was expected to step down from his position at the end of July has changed the date of his departure to July 1.
    Nutter was not in attendance at the May board of education meeting.