ELIDA — Elida High School Principal Tony Cox and the Riverside Local Schools Superintendent Scott Mann have been identified by Elida Board of Education President Dennis Fricke as the final two candidates to replace retiring Elida Local Schools Superintendent Don Diglia.
“The search committee has narrowed the recommendation down to two candidates and after the first of the year we will continue the interviews and the new board will take over the search committee at that point,” Fricke said Tuesday after the Elida Local Board of Education meeting. “The new board has been involved in the entire interview process since the election and every executive session we have had they were invited into and during search committee meetings they sat in on them right along with us.”
Diglia is set to retire at the end of the school year in June. Fricke said they wanted to name a new superintendent soon so they would have an opportunity to work with Diglia before he retired.
Before being named principal of the high school earlier this year, Cox served as principal of Shawnee Middle School. He was appointed in 2005. Cox, who had been with Shawnee schools since 1999, also served as assistant principal at the school, an appointment he accepted in 2001.
He started his teaching career at Toledo Public Schools.
Mann, who served three years as principal of Riverside High School, was named superintendent of Riverside Local School District in March 2012.
Elida's search began in October with résumés due by Oct. 30. A review of the applications took place after the November general election so the newly elected board members could be apprised of the list of candidates, which was trimmed to 10. Board members then interviewed a select group in person. The search committee then conducted a second round of interviews before narrowing the list to Cox and Mann.
“We wanted the newly elected board members to be part of the process,” Fricke said. ” We will help them if they want additional input, but we are done. The final decision is up to them.”
Newly elected to the board are Jason Bowers, Jeff Christoff and Christine Ulrich. They will replace Brian Anders, Sally Ulrich and Fricke. The remaining board members are Brenda Stocker and Pat Schymanski.
At the end of the meeting, Stocker read comments prepared by Sally Ulrich, who cried several times as she listened. Fricke said he would still be around and involved in Elida education because he “bleeds black and orange.”
Fricke and Ulrich served 12 years on the board. Anders served eight years.