Candidates for Bedford County school superintendent have a month to prepare and submit their application packages.
The position is one of four in play within the state.
In May, Dr. Dan Lawson, director of Tullahoma City Schools since 1997, announced he would not seek an extension of his contract when it expires next June.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported recently that Lawson was among three finalists left in the running for the superintendent position at Oak Ridge Schools. Neyland Clark of Corydon, Ind. and Roger Collins of Lovingston, Va. round out the list. Outgoing Oak Ridge superintendent Tom Bailey is retiring at the end of the year.
In June, Fayette County Schools named James Teague as interim director.
The search for a Tullahoma City director and a Bedford County superintendent are being advertised by the Tennessee School Board Association, of which the Bedford County Board of Education is a member.
Just more than a year into his tenure, former Supt. Dr. Ray Butrum requested an administrative leave in mid-October, and the Bedford County Board of Education met on Nov. 1 to modify Butrum's contract to remove him as school superintendent.
Former superintendents Mike Bone and Ed Gray are filling the position on an interim basis.
The position will be advertised between now and the close of business on Jan. 7.
The application package requires a formal letter of interest, a current resume', a copy of state licenses and certifications, university transcripts and contact information for five professional references.
Bedford County serves 8,250 students in 15 facilities with an annual budget of $52.8 million. With over 900 employees, it is one of the county's top employers.
By comparison, Tullahoma City Schools consist of seven facilities with 3,368 students and an annual budget of $28.5 million. Oak Ridge Schools serve 4,467 students in eight schools with a budget of $56.4 million.
The board elected to direct the submission of applications to a post office box address, to be used exclusively for the purpose of the superintendent search. The box will be checked on the day of the deadline, and no other applications will be accepted.
The school board will then hold a meeting to open the submissions and begin evaluations of the candidates. By Feb. 1, the board expects to select a short list of candidates and will schedule interviews, community meetings and visits.
The board expects to make a selection of the top two candidates by the end of that month, negotiate a contract and announce the appointment of the new superintendent by March 5.
All meetings leading up to the selection will be open to the public.
The start date for the new position is expected to be April 1, 2013.