Field narrows to five

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Three representatives from N&P Educational Associates in Guntersville presented the Troy City Board of Education with the names of five superintendent candidates during a work session yesterday afternoon.

The candidates are Orman Bridges Jr., who is currently superintendent of Amory School District in Mississippi; William L. Capehart, superintendent of Boyd County Public Schools in Ashland, Ky,; Herman Michael Schuber Jr., superintendent of Dublin City Schools in Georgia; Joe David Walters, principal of Crestline Elementary School in the Hartselle (Alabama) City Schools; and local Charles Henderson High School principal Linda Felton.

N&P, who the board hired to search out superintendents, felt these five candidates best met the criteria the board set, including a doctorate in education and strong leadership skills.

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From these five recommendations, the board will be able to decide which candidate to interview, whether it is a few or all five.

"Each is a seasoned administrator," said N&P associate Byron Nelson Jr.

During the work session, Nelson and his two colleagues, C.C. Baker and Harold Patterson, advised board members on the best interview approach.

"Not only do you have some opportunity for the candidate to see the community and schools, but also for the community and the people in the community to see the candidate," said Patterson.

Interviews will be held June 9-13 and be an all day process.

Board member Roxie Kitchens, who coordinated the schedule, said two board members would breakfast with the candidate, another would take the candidate on a tour of the schools and community and two more board members would eat lunch with the candidate.

The interviews will take place from 2-4 p.m. each afternoon at Troy City Hall in council chambers and be broadcast on Troy Cable Channel 52.

Following the interview, an informal reception hosted by the local banks will be held in the foyer at City Hall.

Both the reception and the interview process is open to the public, although the public will not be able to ask questions during the interview.

Following the work session, the board held a special meeting to take action on the report N&P gave them and to discuss end of the year personnel decisions.

The board called executive session to discuss personnel matters and reconvened their public meeting to take action on the names discussed.

The board approved the retirement of a Charles Henderson High School teacher; continued service for employees at the central office, CHHS, Charles Henderson Middle School and Troy Elementary School; tenure status for teachers at CHHS, CHMS and TES; non-renewal of contract for a teacher at TES and the Alternative Learning Center; the transfer of two employees at CHMS; non-renewal of two emergency hires; the cancelled contract of a CHMS teacher; and a new hire at TES.

Names were kept private by the request of the teachers involved.