Ohio schools panel sets vote on new superintendent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's state school board is nearing selection of a new state superintendent.

The 19-member State Board of Education is expected Tuesday to name a full-time replacement for Stan Heffner, who retired in August amid ethics questions surrounding his relationship with a private testing firm.

A selection committee is recommending two finalists to oversee Ohio's public school system: Acting State Superintendent Michael Sawyers, and Richard Ross, top education adviser to Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).

Their names were culled from a nationwide search that attracted 30 applicants from 14 U.S. states, New Zealand and Bangkok.

It's the second time in as many years that the board has picked a new schools chief. Two years ago, Superintendent Deborah Delisle left the job under political pressure and Heffner was picked as her replacement.

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