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News Education Board of Education narrows down superintendent search

Over the next few months, members of the Macon County Board of Education will be interviewing a pool of candidates in search of the county's next superintendent. In mid-September the board narrowed down the applicants from 18 to six contenders.

After soliciting community input on what qualifications the next superintendent should embody, as well as input from Macon County school staff and community stake-holders, the Board of Education compiled a list of desired attributes that helped narrow down the search for who will be best suited for Macon County schools.

The names of the applicants will be kept confidential until the candidates are interviewed. According to Scott Murray, attorney for the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA), who is conducting the superintendent search, Macon County will begin interviewing the six candidates during the first week of October to further narrow down the search.

Murray noted that Macon County is still on track for the new superintendent to begin work by the first of next year. “The board anticipates final interviews taking place around early November,” said Murray.

According to the NCSBA's timeline for the search, the Board of Education is tentatively scheduled to conduct a closed meeting between Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 for final interviews and should begin contract discussions for the final candidates in the days following the interview.

If everything continues to go as planned, NCSBA and Macon County Board of Education plan to announced the selection of the school system's next superintendent on November 8.

The position of superintendent was heavily advertised in the southeast with concentration on surrounding states.

Members of the board are pleased with the smooth transition since Dr. Brigman announced he would be leaving to take a position in Catawba County and when Dr. Jim Duncan of Otto assumed the role of interim superintendent. According to Board of Education Chairman Tommy Cabe, the search for Dr. Brigman's replacement is right on track and he is excited about the school district's next potential leader. “I think we have some great applicants and we are looking forward to proceeding with the process and finding someone to take our district forward,” said Cabe.

Board member Gary Shields said he is looking forward to meeting the candidates face to face next week. “On October 1 and 2 we will be meeting the candidates and I am really looking forward to that,” said Shields. “I have been hearing from the public to make sure that we get the best candidate possible and for us to take our time and not to rush into selecting someone. I plan to keep that in mind in the coming weeks.”

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