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School board to interview superintendent candidates this week


Members of the school board will meet Friday and Saturday to begin interviews of superintendent candidates.

The board is expected to meet both days in closed sessions to interview candidates for the top post in the Pickens school system. They will meet at 4 p.m. on Friday and then re-convene Saturday at 9 a.m. at their conference center on D.B. Carroll Street.

School Board chair Wendy Lowe said Monday they had 7-10 people they plan to interview in the first round. She said they hadn’t really eliminated anyone who applied, but were going to start interviewing with an initial group later this week. She said they may have to extend initial interviews into next week depending on the availability of the candidates.

Lowe said they hope to conduct follow-up interviews the next week and be ready to make a selection by the end of April. She said they still have a goal of having a new superintendent hired by the end of April, but this could be delayed depending on the contract negotiations.

Open meetings law allows public groups to conduct job searches in private until they have narrowed their list of potential candidates down to three, at which time the names of the applicants become a public record.

When asked if she was satisfied with the quality of the applicants, she said, “Absolutely. Any one of them would be well qualified. The challenge will be to find who will do the best.”


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