Thursday, April 29, 1999

Richey finalist for Fla. post




BY BERNIE MIXON
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FOREST PARK — Winton Woods Superintendent Thomas Richey is one of two finalists for a superintendent's position with the Sarasota County School District in Florida.

        Mr. Richey, who has been Winton Woods superintendent since 1993, was one of five candidates to interview for the position leading the nearly 34,000-student district.

        School officials in Sarasota confirmed Wednesday that Mr. Richey is a finalist along with David Bennett, a former St. Paul, Minn., school district superintendent turned education consultant.

        Both candidates will be brought back to Sarasota next week for second interviews and to meet with the public. The Sarasota school board is expected to make a decision by the end of next week.

        Sarasota's previous superintendent left the district in February for a position in Texas.

        Mr. Richey, who worked in Florida before coming to Winton Woods, has said he was contacted last week by a Chicago-based consulting firm about the Sarasota position. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

        During his time at Winton Woods, Mr. Richey has launched school improvement plans in all the buildings and been responsible for hiring key positions in the district, school board President Lori Handler said.

       



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