Jeanne Stroh, assistant superintendent of the Hutchinson school district, said one of her first priorities would be to see that Ottawa’s implementation of the new common core curriculum went smoothly if she were hired to be the district’s top administrator.

Stroh, who has a doctorate degree from Kansas State University and 15 years of experience as an administrator, was the first of three finalists to interview with the school board to fill the post vacated by former superintendent Dean Katt, who resigned March 1.

While in Ottawa Monday, Stroh also toured the district’s facilities and met with administrators, teachers and various community members.

The second candidate was to interview with the board today, with the third finalist set to interview next Monday.

A public reception is planned for 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today for the second candidate at the school district office, 1404 S. Ash St., Ottawa. A public reception is scheduled for the same time and location Monday for the final candidate.

Board members opted not to release the three candidates’ names in advance, on the advice of their superintendent search team with the Topeka-based Kansas Association of School Boards.