Fineran lone finalist for Peach school superintendent; LeBrun takes job in Ware County

alopez@macon.comJune 17, 2014 

Daryl Fineran, a former Peach County educator currently living in Claxton, is the sole finalist for the Peach County superintendent position.

ANDRES DAVID LOPEZ — alopez@macon.com Buy Photo

FORT VALLEY -- The Peach County school board is expected to vote Friday whether to approve Daryl Fineran as its next superintendent.

A former superintendent in Wayne County, Fineran resigned from that post in December but has remained as an adviser to the district. James LeBrun, who was announced last month as the other finalist for the Peach superintendent job, is no longer a candidate because he has accepted the open superintendent position in Ware County.

The school board hosted Fineran at a public forum Tuesday at Peach County High School. Before he was introduced, Mercedes Hitchcock of Byron said the most important attribute she is looking for in a superintendent is someone who won’t leave within a few years.

During a question-and-answer period, Joyce Buggs, who has a grandchild in the system, also challenged Fineran on whether he would commit to the district for several years if he’s given the opportunity to lead it.

“I’d like to work another 10 more years,” replied Fineran, who is a former coach at Peach County High. “The longevity of superintendents is not very long, but I’d like to stay for as long as you’ll have me.”

About his vision for Peach County schools, Fineran listed safety as one of his top priorities. He also explained his stance on academic rigor.

“The higher you raise the bar of rigor, kids will respond,” he said.

Fineran said he strives to use data in his decision-making process, and he listed technology, professional learning for teachers and community involvement as important in his vision for the school system.

“I’m always learning (that) I don’t have all the answers, but I’m certainly willing to listen to the public, employees, all the shareholders, and work hand-in-hand with the board to make the Peach County school system the best it can possibly be,” Fineran said.

When asked why he resigned from the Wayne County school system, Fineran said there was no major controversy driving his decision.

“I actually wasn’t really looking to do another superintendency, but this one became available, and I just have a fondness for Peach County and I’d like to finish it up here,” he said.

At a special called meeting Friday at the Peach County school board office, the five-member board will decide how to proceed with the superintendent search. The board may decide to approve Fineran as the next superintendent or it may decide to extend the search and reopen the position to other candidates. The meeting will start at 11 a.m.

To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 478-256-9751.

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