By COLLEEN MCCARTHY - The 10 applicants for the superintendent position of Findlay City Schools come from three states and offer a variety of experience and expertise.

By COLLEEN MCCARTHY - The 10 applicants for the superintendent position of Findlay City Schools come from three states and offer a variety of experience and expertise.

Eight are from Ohio, one is from Georgia, and one from Maryland. The Courier obtained the resumes of the candidates through a public records request.

Following are the candidates, in no particular order, and their experience and education as listed on their resumes. The amount of detail given by the candidates varied.

" Romain Dallemand of Macon, Ga., served as the superintendent of Bibb County Public Schools in Macon from 2011 to 2013, and of Rochester Public Schools, Rochester, Minn., from 2007 to 2011. He also has experience as an assistant superintendent, principal, and an education consultant.

During his time at Bibb County Public Schools, Dallemand said he implemented a strategic plan that dropped suspensions from 479 to 35, and decreased permanent expulsions from 250 to none.

The district also saw 80 percent of students in grades K-6 at or above proficiency for the first time since 2001. He said parents of 200 children in private schools brought them back to public schools due to the positive changes.

Dallemand has a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla. He has a master's degree in mental health counseling from Carlos Albizu University, and a master's degree in learning disabilities and emotional disorders from the University of Miami, both in Miami, Fla. He also has a bachelor's degree in psychology from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan.

" James Gunner of Oregon, Ohio, has served as the superintendent of Perkins Local School District in Sandusky since 2008. He was superintendent of Bryan City Schools from 2001 to 2008. He also has experience as a principal, district coordinator of technology, and a teacher at various districts across Ohio.

During his time at Perkins, Gunner said the district went from a "continuous improvement" ranking to "excellent" in two years. The district received a "B" grade for performance index on the state's new report card.

The district was also awarded a $500,000 grant to convert Perkins High School and Briar Middle School to S.T.E.M. schools, through a partnership with NASA, Apple Inc., and the University of Findlay, among others.

Gunner has a doctorate of education in leadership studies from Bowling Green State University. He has a master's degree in curriculum and educational technology from the University of Toledo, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Kenyon College.

" Darren Jenkins of Minford, Ohio, has served as a consultant for the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC) in Tiffin since 2012. He was superintendent of Northwest Ohio ESC in Archbold from 2007 to 2012, of the South Central Ohio ESC in Portsmouth from 2000 to 2007, and Oak Hill Union Local Schools in Oak Hill from 1996 to 1998.

His other experience includes serving as an administrative assistant to the superintendent, a principal, an assistant principal, and a teacher.

During his time at Northwest Ohio ESC, Jenkins said he downsized the agency to lower costs and increase efficiency. The center is responsible for the educational program of more than 4,000 special needs students across Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties.

Jenkins has done doctoral studies with an emphasis in educational administration and leadership at Ashland University. He has a master's degree in educational administration from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., and a bachelor's degree in history from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware.

" Patrick Johnson of Easton, Md., has worked with Chesapeake Consulting since 2010. He has also worked with Gratz College and Chesapeake College as a professor of distance learning with programs such as "The Bully Proof Classroom" and "Strategies for Working with the ADD/ADHD Student" since 2001.

He also has experience as a supervisor of special education and early childhood programs, a superintendent of non-public special education schools, a principal, an assistant principal, and a teacher.

Johnson said his expertise is in special education and working with at-risk students.

Johnson has a master's degree in administration and a bachelor's degree in education, both from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md.

" Louis Kramer of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, has been the superintendent at Northeastern Local Schools in Springfield since 2011. He served as the director of curriculum and instruction at Mad River Local Schools from 2008 to 2011. He also has experience as a principal and a teacher.

Since joining Northeastern Local Schools, Kramer said the district has seen improved overall student academic achievement, despite a 10 percent reduction in staff. He said he led district improvement efforts and increased collaboration and communication through creative use of technology.

Kramer has a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also has a master's degree in educational leadership from Ohio State University, and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Dayton.

" Edward Kurt of Castalia, Ohio, has served as the superintendent of Margaretta Local Schools since 2002. He also has experience as an assistant principal and a dean of students.

Kurt has a master's degree in educational administration from Ashland University and a bachelor's degree in education from Ohio State University.

" Deborah Piotrowski of Xenia has served as the superintendent of Xenia Community City Schools since 2010. She was superintendent of Millcreek-West Unity School District in West Unity from 2005 to 2010. She also has experience as a principal and a teacher.

Piotrowski said her expertise includes improving internal academic structures, cost-cutting initiatives, strategic planning, and she has had success with tax levies.

Piotrowski has a doctorate of education in administration and supervision, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, and a bachelor's degree in education, all from the University of Toledo.

" Stephen Shergalis of Westfield Center, Ohio, has been the director of administrative services for Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools since 2005. He also has experience as a director of business services, as a business and facilities manager, a school architect, and an environmental program manager.