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Interviews set for next week

Interviews for a new superintendent for Troy City Schools set for June 9-13 have been confirmed and the Troy City School Board has set aside one day for each candidate.

Hometown candidate Linda Felton, the principal at Charles Henderson High School, will be the first to be interviewed on Monday.

After her, the rest of the candidates will be interviewed in this order: Tuesday, Mickey Schuber Jr., Dublin (Ga.) City Schools Superintendent; Wednesday, Joe Walters, Crestline Elementary School Principal in Hartselle, Ala.; Thursday, William Capehart, Boyd County (Ky.) Public Schools Superintendent; and Friday, Orman Bridges Jr., Amory (Miss.) School District Superintendent.

Each candidate has a doctorates in education, a new requirement the board put into place this year.

They also have between 24 and 35 years of experience and have worked in their respective education systems for at least five years.

Board member Roxie Kitchens coordinated the all-day interview and said devoting an entire day to each candidate will help the school board members learn more about each one than they would during a typical interview.

The day will begin with two board members eating breakfast with the day's candidate.

Next, school board President Ron Pierce will give a tour of the campuses followed by two more board members joining the candidate for lunch before the official interview.

The actual interviews will take place from 2-4 p.m. and are open to the public. However, people wishing to attend should note that the interviews will not be conducted in the boardroom at the Troy City Board of Education.

Instead, they will be held at City Hall in council chambers.

This will allow them to be broadcast live on Troy Cable Channel 52.

"We're as ready as we can be," said Pierce.

"We feel prepared and we have everything lined up."

Pierce didn't say what questions the board will ask, but he did say that board members already have a list prepared.

Although the interviews are public, the public will not be able to ask questions of the candidates.

A public reception in the foyer at City Hall following the interviews will give the public a chance to meet each superintendent candidate and express concerns or ask questions.

Both Kitchens and Pierce are new to the process, but Kitchens said she is sure the endeavor will be a success.

"I feel confident that we have a good group of candidates," she said.

"And I am confident that we will choose the right one for the job."