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Candidate for school chief withdraws after fire

One candidate has dropped out of the running to be the next superintendent of Findlay City Schools.

William B. “Brent” Welker, superintendent of Eastwood Local Schools, withdrew his name from consideration after a fire destroyed Eastwood’s administration building and bus garage on Saturday. The building and bus garage were located in Pemberville, just north of Bowling Green.

“After that, he said it just wasn’t the right time to leave anymore,” Shane Pochard, Findlay school board president, said during Monday’s board meeting.

Despite Welker’s withdrawal, the board still hopes to make a decision sometime next week, Pochard said.

The day before the fire at Eastwood, Welker and the other two remaining candidates, Tod A. Hug, superintendent of Ayersville Local Schools, and Edward Kurt, superintendent of Margaretta Local Schools, took tours of Findlay schools and participated in question-and-answer sessions.

“It went really well, we had a good time getting to know our candidates,” Pochard said.

Courier reporter Max Filby will have more on Tuesday.

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