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The board decided during its monthly meeting on Tuesday that each board member would develop an individual list of six candidates he or she was interested in interviewing. The board will hold a special called meeting at 5 p.m. Jan. 31 to select the top candidates from those short lists.
Candidate Gerry Smith dropped out for personal reasons, board chair Amy Martin said.
Smith, of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, is an educational marketing manager for Apple Inc. Martin said she received a letter late Tuesday from Smith, a former Shelbyville resident, announcing his withdrawal.
The board is seeking a permanent replacement for Dr. Ray Butrum, who officially left office on Nov. 1. Former superintendents Mike Bone and Ed Gray are acting as interim superintendents.
The interviews will take place in mid-February, possibly over the course of one day, Martin said, with a decision being made by March 1.
"That will allow whoever it is to have a month to prepare and to give a notice if they have to give a notice, and to move into the position by April 1," Martin said.
The finalists may participate in group meetings with school system employees and the public, but that is a tentative plan, she said.
The school board wants the new superintendent to start by April 1, participate in creating the following school year's budget and have ample time to fill any vacant administrative positions, Martin said.
A budget was already in place when Butrum began, she said, and he had a short period to hire staff.
The board briefly discussed the possibility of Bone and Gray staying involved in the school system for a few months while the new superintendent settles in.
The remaining superintendent candidates are: Dennis James Albright of Sutton, W.Va.; Don Embry, principal of Shelbyville Central High School; James A. Ratledge of Maryville; Paul Gregory Rockhold of Shiprock, N.M.; Karen Scoggins, principal of Learning Way Elementary School in Shelbyville; Douglas C. Thoburn of Columbus, Ohio; Darrell Treece of Columbia, Ky; James E. Waters of Tullahoma; Jon F. Whittemore of Jasper, Texas; and Janice R. Womble, supervisor of secondary education for the Bedford County school system.