COLUMBUS -- The State Board of Education is poised to conclude its second superintendent's search in as many years on today with a choice between two finalists: Acting State Superintendent Michael Sawyers, and Richard Ross, top education adviser to Gov. John Kasich.
Final interviews took place Monday, a day ahead of the expected vote by the 19-member board.
Thirty candidates applied for the job.
Both Sawyers and Ross have risen to the top of the list despite some baggage.
Sawyers misused a district credit card for more than $800 in personal purchases, including alcohol, when he was superintendent of Perry Local Schools.
Ross was convicted of drunken driving in 2009. He pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
in a July 3 incident north of Columbus, paid a $450 fine and had his license suspended for six months. A 3-day jail sentence was suspended, according to Delaware County court records.