Felton applies for post

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 24, 2003

Names are being dropped in some circles and people are speculating who will be the next Troy City Schools Superintendent.

The four names most commonly dropped are Linda Felton, principal at Charles Henderson High School; Jean Laliberte, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Troy State University; Toni Stetson, administrative assistant for Troy City Schools; and Linda Ingram, superintendent of Coffee County Schools.

Of the four, only Felton said she filled out an application.

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The rest of the rumors are just that-rumors.

"I have a great job and a good school board," said Ingram.

"I wasn't interested in a change right now."

Laliberte said she had not applied for the job, either, and doesn't know how the rumor started or who started it.

Laliberte is a supporter of Troy City Schools and its superintendent and has a daughter in the system, but that doesn't mean she wants to add it to her list of responsibilities.

"That's not even my area of expertise," she said.

"And I like my job at Troy State."

So, while people may speculate and others admit to applying, the bottom line is nobody knows who the next superintendent will be, including the board of education.

School board President Ron Pierce, who is heading up the search committee, said the board hasn't seen any names for consideration yet.

The board hired N&P Educational Associates to conduct the search for a new superintendent and the firm is the only one with the names.

"I have not seen one name yet," Pierce said.

"I don't even know how many names they will give us.

It could be three, it could be five.

We asked them to give us at least five names."

On Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., the board will hold a work session in the boardroom.

At that time, a representative from the firm will give the school board up to five superintendent candidates and the board will determine the interview process.

Pierce said 11 candidates had completed the application process but that one had accepted a job elsewhere, which leaves just 10 names for the firm to choose from.