It was a weekend to work for members of the school board for the Meridian Public School District. All five members of the counsel gathered at the Holiday Inn in Meridian Saturday to interview the final four candidates for the district's top job.
¶"Well, our timeline for having a superintendent in place is July 1st," says board president Don Evans. " However, if we have an opportunity and we hire one of the candidates that we've got now, if they can come in earlier for some possible work with our interim superintendent then we would certainly welcome that."
It was June of last year when the district hired a permanent interim superintendent for the job. This development came about after one of three finalists for the position withdrew his name from the running, due to personal reasons.
The position has been open for almost one year exactly. It was last February when the board of trustees voted to fire the man who was superintendent at the time, Charlie Kent.
Fast forward to last October, and the application process for a permanent superintendent reopened. District officials say the Mississippi School Board Association accepted all of the applications and screened all of the candidates.
"Next we will get together as a board later next week, sometimes this coming week, and at that particular time we will go through each candidates strengths and weaknesses and if we can determine that we will be able to offer one of these persons a job then we will do that. If not, we will go back and interview other candidates," says Evans.
Again, Evans says the district's goal is to have a permanent superintendent in place by July 1st. Since last July Doctor Randy McCoy has served as permanent interim superintendent for the school district. His contract is to work 130 days in that position.