School board interviews 4 superintendent candidates

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The Jackson County Board of Education has interviewed four applicants to succeed Dr. Shannon Adams as superintendent of the Jackson County School System.

The board convened Thursday morning in a conference room at Jackson EMC to conduct interviews with two candidates with two other candidates slated to be interviewed in the afternoon.

On Thursday evening, Chairman Lynne Massey-Wheeler said she thought the interviews went well.

“Today went well — we have some good candidates and we had good conversations,” said Wheeler. “We need some time to digest and think about our next step which may or may not include additional interviews.

“It was incorrectly reported in The Herald that our attorney told the judge on Tuesday other interviews would be held,” said Wheeler. “Our attorney told the judge that we may or may not have additional interviews. We would only know that after the interviews…”

At its work session earlier this month, the Jackson County Board of Education went into executive session with Dr. Jim Puckett, Board Development Specialist with the Georgia School Boards Association, to discuss the next step in the process to find Adams’ successor.

Adams announced last fall that this would be his final year as superintendent. He cited health concerns as a factoring his decision to conclude his 30-plus year career in education.

Since March 2, the field of candidates was narrowed from more than three dozen by examining the applicants against a checklist of a dozen qualifications including successful classroom experience and performance as a principal or experience in upper management in the private sector. Demonstrated sound fiscal and personnel management are also desired.

Wheeler, whose school board seat and that of board member Michael Cronic, will be up for election this year, said after that executive session that Puckett would be scheduling interviews with the four candidates. The interviews were set for the entire board to be involved in the interview process.

The Georgia School Boards Association is assisting the board in seeking, evaluating and determining potential candidates for the position but the decision from here is up to the board members.

When the list of candidates is narrowed to three or below, their names should be available for release.