Ohio Board Chooses Interim As State Superintendent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Board of Education has named its interim superintendent as state superintendent, after two of the three finalists for the job stepped aside.

Stan Heffner, who was not one of the finalists, was appointed Tuesday.

His selection means the board rejected remaining finalist Robert Schiller, a former state superintendent in Michigan and Illinois who works as an education consultant.

Finalist Robert Sommers, Gov. John Kasich's education adviser, withdrew as a candidate in June. Reynoldsburg schools Superintendent Stephen Dackin withdrew Sunday.

Heffner joined the Ohio education department as an associate superintendent in 2004. His work in Ohio since the mid-1980s includes 15 years as superintendent of the Madison school district.

Heffner has been interim superintendent since May. He replaces Deborah Delisle, who resigned this spring under political pressure.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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