Clermont Northeastern schools searching for a superintendent

Clermont Northeastern Local School District is in search of a new superintendent for the second time since 2011, and will begin interviewing several internal candidates this week.

Former superintendent Neil Leist left CNE to return to his hometown school district at the end of 2011 after leading the district for five years.

Board members appointed Wayne Johnson as interim superintendent until August 2012, while they found someone to fill the position.

“When Mr. Leist gave his resignation, we put out a notification accepting applications for his vacancy,” Mike Freeman, board of education president, said. “We interviewed two internal candidates.”

Freeman said Matthew Earley, principal of Clermont Northeastern High School, was selected to be Leist’s successor and was scheduled to take over August 1.

Not too long after selecting Earley to fill the position, Freeman said the superintendent position at Williamsburg Local School District opened up.

Earley was principal of Williamsburg High School for six years before becoming principal of Clermont Northeastern High School in 2009.

“He came in an gave his verbal resignation, saying that it was the only place he would leave (CNE) for,” Freeman said about Earley. “We accepted his written resignation at the last board meeting May 21.”

Freeman said the board is now beginning the process of hiring a new superintendent.

“We posted the position internally again,” Freeman said. “At this point we have three applications from within.”

He said the three interviews are scheduled for June 6 at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“If we can’t come to an agreement on hiring from within we will post it outside the district,” Freeman said. “I am pretty sure one (of the three) will be offered the position. We have very well-qualified employees.”