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Unified superintendent search reaches nationwide

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

After weeks of discussion and information gathering, a plan is drawn up for how to find the Unified Schools superintendent.

An ad hoc committee established to perfect this process decided to conduct a nationwide search using a search firm to review candidate applications and conduct initial interviews. The firm will then narrow down the pool to between five and ten candidates.

The committee agreed that they want to cast as wide of a net as possible.

"It may be the superintendent we have now but I want to make sure it's open to everyone. We have some people who aren't necessarily in education that we may want to look at," says Reginald Porter, Jr., Unified School Board member and committee member.

The committee also agreed on a 20 week timeline to find and hire a Unified Schools superintendent. But that timeline is flexible.

"It's going to be fluid. We have a lot of decisions that have to be made. We have a court decision that has to be made pretty soon about municipal school districts," says Porter.

If a candidate is found early or if the right one does not come along within the time frame, the committee wants the board to be free to shorten or extend that timeline.

"If we go through that 20 week process and we come down to three candidates but we're not really comfortable that we have the right fit that we would go back through the process," says committee chairman Chris Caldwell.

The next step is for the committee to take their proposal to the board for approval. his is expected to happen in early October.

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