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City settles on two candidates

It's been a week since the Troy City School Board finished its interviews of four superintendent candidates.

Now that the members have had time to evaluate and compare, they have narrowed the choice to two: Linda Felton-Smith and Herman "Mickey" Schuber Jr.

Board president Ron Pierce said the board will meet again in about a week to further discuss the two candidates.

"We've researched their references and now we're just waiting on some reports to come in," he said.

He said the board believed that Felton-Smith and Schuber had the experience and the qualities that will best suit the school system.

Felton-Smith has the advantage in that she already knows how Troy City schools operate.

She grew up in the system and is currently the principal at Charles Henderson High School.

"I am the product of public education," she told board members during her interview.

"And I believe in it with all my heart."

Felton-Smith was also an instructor at Auburn University and taught high school in Enterprise before returning to Troy as the assistant principal at CHHS.

Schuber hails from Dublin, Ga., where he is the superintendent of Dublin City Schools.

He said the size of the community and the school system were big attractions.

"I prefer a small town," Schuber told The Messenger after his interview June 10.

"And this is the right size school system and community."

Schuber has worked closely with superintendents in Douglas County Schools in Douglasville, Ga., and in Dublin before becoming superintendent.

He also has 15 years of experience in the classroom, giving him a good combination of experience on both sides of the fence.

The board members decided on Schuber and Felton-Smith during a work session Thursday morning.