The names of the three finalists vying to become the next superintendent of the Muscogee County School District could be released in the next 10 days.
The school board's superintendent search committee met in a closed session Wednesday night at the CB&T Uptown Center to discuss the seven candidates they interviewed for the lead job in the 33,000 student district and to choose three finalists.
Newly elected school board members Rob Varner, member-elect for District 5, and Norene Marvets, member-elect for District 7, were also privy to the meeting, but were not allowed to vote on the candidates.
The committee then went into an open session to discuss the search process.
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Glenn Brock, a representative from the superintendent search firm Brock, Clay and Associates, will notify the three finalists that they have been selected this week and confirm that they still want to be considered for the job.
During the system's last superintendent search in 2002, two of the three final candidates pulled out of the search before their names could be disclosed. Brock said the same thing could happen in this search, but search committee chair Phillip Schley said each candidate was asked during initial interviews if they would be willing to have a public vetting and all three finalists agreed.
"All three candidates are willing to undergo public scrutiny," he said.
Once the names are released, each finalist will meet with members of the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation, the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, PTA presidents and the Ledger-Enquirer's editorial board, Schley said.
According to state law, after the three finalists are named, the board must wait 14 days before voting on a final candidate for the job.