Bratten among applicants for Lisbon post

LISBON – Among the seven applicants for the Lisbon school superintendent job are current superintendents with two other Columbiana County schools districts who will be leaving their positions this summer.

Salem Superintendent Thomas Bratten and East Liverpool Superintendent Jim Herring both applied for the position being vacated by longtime Lisbon Superintendent Don Thompson, who is retiring June 30. Bratten announced on Feb. 18 he was stepping down July 31, and a week later Herring submitted his resignation letter, also effective at the end of July.

The other applicants include two current superintendents at districts in other counties, and middle school principals at districts in Mahoning and Ashtabula counties. Rounding out the field is Lisbon middle/high school Principal Joseph Siekfe, the only one of the applicants from the district.

The application deadline was last Saturday, and the school board met Monday night in executive session to review the applications with Anna Marie Vaughn, superintendent of the county Educational Service Center, whose agency is assisting in the superintendent search.

“We have a field of candidates who range from what we expected: from the experienced, to highly experienced and traveled,” said board President Jim Smith. “We don’t have as many as we expected, but we think we have a good mix to make fair comparisons.”

The board spent most of the 75-minute executive session reviewing the resumes and discussing who they want to interview. “We are narrowing the field and in the process of determining the format for interviews,” Smith said.

Vaughn will be scheduling the candidate interviews over the next several weeks before returning to meet with the board at its regular monthly meeting on March 12. Smith said at that meeting they will finalize how the interview process will be conducted and the questions to be asked.

The board hopes to be in a position to name a new superintendent by its April meeting. “Unless something unforeseen happens, we’re still on track with our original timeline,” Smith said.