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Board narrows field for next superintendent

Six individuals are being considered for the role of school superintendent.

Alcorn School District board president Ricky Fields said the county school board met earlier this week with the Mississippi School Boards Association to review resumes received.

"We spent about an hour and half looking over the resumes," Fields told the Daily Corinthian. "It was a book "" lots of individual histories and the schools they've been at and how those schools have faired. We have looked at it all and are considering each one of them."

Fields said plans are to meet again in early July to narrow down the candidates. That final selection will then be interviewed in front of the five-member school board.

A series of stakeholder meetings were held in Corinth in March to discover what concerns were most important to the community when hiring a new superintendent. From those stakeholder meetings and meetings with the local school board, MSBA Executive Director Mike Waldrop helped the district create a list of job requirements.

According to the job posting, the school district is seeking a "forward-thinking, enthusiastic, and proven leader to guide the district to new levels of high student achievement."

Fields said Waldrop told the board this week that the group of candidates were some of the best looking he's seen while conducting superintendent searches for schools across the state.

"It's a small group, but we've got some really good candidates," added Fields. "I don't think it will be an easy decision for the board to make."

The board is expected to make an official announcement and name the district's new superintendent in late July.

The successful candidate will begin the role on January 1, 2020 when the superintendent's position changes from elected to appointed under state law.