The four candidates interviewed during the weekend all emerged as solid contenders to lead the Bibb County school system for the next three years, the school board president said.
Gary Bechtel said school board members walked away with good impressions of the candidates, with board members now working to determine which one makes the best fit for the school system.
Board members spent about 90 minutes with each candidate during interviews held Saturday and Sunday in Atlanta, he said.
The four candidates were vetted prior to the face-to-face interviews, and board members have asked Proact Search, the Illinois-based company hired to conduct the superintendent search, to do deeper background checks, Bechtel said. Also, due to scheduling issues, a fifth candidate on the short list could not make the weekend interviews, and after interviews with the four that could make it, the fifth will not be interviewed by the board, Bechtel said.
Board members expect to select the next school superintendent from the four interviewed by Oct. 15, Bechtel said.
Unless something unexpected comes up, more than likely the new superintendent will come from the short list, he said.
The final four were fielded from a pool of 173 applicants. The names of the finalists were not disclosed because of confidentiality agreements with the candidates, Bechtel said. The interviews were held at the Marriott Atlanta Airport Gateway hotel to make travel easy for the candidates, while also protecting their confidentiality. Candidates came from within Georgia and outside of the state.
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