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JMC School Board Discusses Questions for Candidates

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - At least 22 people have applied to be the next superintendent of the Jackson-Madison County School System, according to the board.

During the board's regular December meeting, Thursday, members announced the long list of applicants will be narrowed to around six by search firm BWP, by Monday. BWP will review their qualifications and could present as few as five candidates or as many as seven.

Those finalists will then travel to Jackson for interviews by the entire board on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week. Each of the interviews will last exactly one hour and 30 minutes. They will also be asked the same questions.

During the meeting, members reviewed what questions they want answered. "We want to know who this candidate is and what his or her leadership style is," said Chairman David Cliff. "We want to know their accomplishments, maybe their failures." Cliff admitted they will have just a short period of time to learn as much as possible.

Following the first round of interviews, members will narrow the field to their final three candidates. However, three is not a definite number of finalists. The board is allowing itself some wiggle room should there be more or fewer candidates they want to interview again.

The second round of interviews are set for January 7, 8 and 9. A vote on is scheduled for Thursday, January 10. The new superintendent must receive a two-thirds vote to get the position. That equals six votes from the nine person panel.

The board voted, Thursday, for the new voting benchmark. They agreed the new leader should feel as those he or she has a large majority of support from the school board.

The December meeting also marked the last board meeting for Deputy Superintendent Doris Battle. Battle announced her retirement earlier this year. December 31 will be her last day.

Superintendent Buddy White announced he will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
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