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Officials Concerned Over Superintendent Withdrawals

By Empriss Campbell
By ecampbell@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. -The list of Madison County school superintendent candidates has shrunk from six to four.

"It's a little alarming to me. I think it might be the result of some bad information maybe from people," said Betsy Hesselrode.

Madison County School Board Member David Clifft has been on the board for almost 20 years. He says the withdrawals are frustrating.

"We're too far into this just to quit and do nothing. We've got to do something. Our superintendent is retiring at the end of June we need a superintendent by July."

For now the board will continue their candidate interviews and hope they can find a person committed to Madison County School System.

"I think the board is sincerely committed to trying to attract the best superintendent we can and that is our ultimate goal," said Clifft.

Original candidates Dr. Terence Patterson and Verna Ruffin remain up for consideration. New candidates David Huss and Alan Coverstone were introduced Tuesday.
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