The search for a new principal at Franklin High School is nearing completion. According to Macon County School Director of Personnel Dan Moore, the school system will interview six candidates for the position next Wednesday, March 6. Moore said the position received 30 total applicants, which have now been narrowed down to six of whom will move forward with the interview process.
Moore gave the Board of Education an update on the search process during Monday night's meeting, and informed them that he anticipates that a selection will be made and a name will be ready for board approval by the March 18 board meeting.
The six prospective candidates will all be interviewed at the central office on Wednesday, according to Moore.
The search for a new principal at Franklin High School was launched after the current principal, Dr. Chris Baldwin, was selected as the next superintendent of schools for Macon County. Although officially hired earlier this year, Dr. Baldwin has remained at the helm of Franklin High School to ensure a smooth transition between administrators. Interim superintendent Dr. Jim Duncan has been leading the school system since Dr. Dan Brigman announced he would be taking a job in Catawba County earlier this year.
While a name is expected to be announced in March, the new principal is expected to take over at Franklin High School on July 1.
Because of the current state of the school system's budget, Dr. Duncan noted that the hiring of a new principal is the only position the school board plans to fill in the near future, and are doing so because it is necessary for the operation of the school. Currently, the Board of Education is closely examining the school system's budget for the 2013-14 school year, and looking at potential cuts in order to remain solvent.